COLUMBIA, S.C. — Since 1996, the Challenger Learning Center has taught kids the basics of science and space through interactive classes and workshops. 

And on Monday, kids learned how to make Rockets at the center. 

 "I like space, I like the Milky Way galaxy," said 5-year old Iden, who was one of the kids at the workshop. "It's so big all the stars, I really had a great time here today. 

Monday was a student holiday for Richland One students, allowing the center to hold the Rocket workshop, which is usually reserved for the summer time.

"We are focused on STEM and there is research out there that the earlier you get kids excited about science technology and math the better chance they'll like it as a subject," said Carolyn Donalyn, who is the Lead Flight Director at the center.  "It's not just reading in a book, science is about making things with your hands and seeing how things work and learning how you can fix things, it's one of those hobbies that can continue through out life." 

For more info on the camps the center offers, visit http://thechallengercenter.net/