Bangor, Maine – Challenger Learning Center of Maine is entering the second year of distributing funds from a Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation grant that was awarded in 2012. The support makes space science missions possible for schools that would otherwise be unable to participate in the Challenger program.
“The $25,000 commitment of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to Challenger, which continues to be available for the 2013-14 school year, is phenomenal for students in Maine,” stated Susan Jonason, Challenger Executive Director. “Challenger inspires students to pursue higher levels of science and math education by partnering directly with teachers to integrate the program into the classroom. The simulated space missions that they fly at Challenger make a deep, transformational impact. Because of the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation grant, many more classrooms will have the opportunity to become inspired at Challenger. We appreciate this investment in Maine’s future.”
Whether taking a rocket to the Moon, encountering a comet or using the space station to conduct Earth science experiments, the hands-on experience that the simulated space environment the Challenger Learning Center of Maine provides has proved to be, since 2004, a great benefit to students and a powerful teaching tool. And while Challenger is uniquely able to showcase the uses of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in scientific careers, students also come away with a keen appreciation of teamwork and cooperation.
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.