October 18, 2017
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Challenger receives grants to provide LEGO WeDo Engineering

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BANGOR – Challenger Learning Center of Maine is the recipient of awards by the Fast Track Grant Program of the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine Space Grant Consortium that will allow Challenger to teach LEGO-based robotics building and programming for students in grades 2-5 in Maine. The program builds confidence for young students who are just beginning to learn about robotics and also creates excitement to take robotics to the next level.

Through Challenger’s LEGO WeDo Engineering project, young students in classrooms throughout Maine will have the opportunity to build robots representing different mechanical features and reaction sensors. They will use computer skills to develop their own programming scripts and then test their fully functioning robots. Teachers will have the opportunity to become familiar with basic robotic building and programming, and parents will also be able to continue to nurture interest through literature that Challenger will provide for students to take home.

“We’ve tested LEGO WeDo Engineering on a smaller scale with our summer campers and we became excited by their enthusiasm. Now, we are thrilled to be able to offer this to entire classrooms,” stated Kirsten Hibbard, coordinator for the Challenger WeDo engineering program. “This funding from the Fast Track Grant Program and the Maine Space Grant Consortium will ensure that many more students in Maine become inspired about engineering. We’re delighted to have this opportunity to expand upon previous success and develop it into something that will reach a much wider audience.”

School administrators and teachers who are interested to participate in the WeDo Engineering program should contact Challenger: (207) 990-2900.

A not-for-profit (501(c)(3) education organization, Challenger Center helps students and educators experience the thrills, challenges, and rewards of discovery.

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— Susan Jonason Executive Director Challenger Learning Center of Maine 30 Venture Way Bangor ME 04401 (207) 990-2900 x4 / sjonason@clcofme.org www.astronaut.org Find us on Facebook! Challenger Center for Space Science Education was founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts tragically lost in the Challenger 51-L mission. Dedicated to the educational spirit of that mission, Challenger Center programs continue the crew’s mission of engaging students in science, math and technology and foster in them an interest to pursue careers in those fields.

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About the Challenger Learning Center of Maine

The Challenger Learning Center of Maine is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides challenging, interdisciplinary, relevant educational experience for the children of Maine, in order to raise student aspirations, to improve educational achievement in mathematics and the science arts, and to inspire interest in science and technology careers.At the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, students see themselves in successful roles as scientists, engineers and researchers.

Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its network of Challenger Learning Centers were founded in 1986 by the families of the Challenger Space Shuttle crew. Their diversity, determination, and spirit are reflected in Challenger’s mandate to continue the educational mission of Flight 5l-L.

The internationally acclaimed Challenger Learning Center Network currently comprises 48 innovative educational simulators located around the world. Staffed by certified teachers, the core of each Center is a two-room simulator that consists of a space lab, complete with communications, medical, life, and computer science equipment, and a mission control room patterned after NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

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