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Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust awards grant to Challenger Learning Center of Maine

Posted Jan. 03, 2014, at 1:58 p.m.

January 2, 2014

Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust awards grant to Challenger Learning Center of Maine

More students will be transforming into astronauts and mission control specialists at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor, thanks to a $3,250 grant from the Margaret E. Burnham Trust that will fund missions for five Maine classrooms.

“With this funding, students will have the opportunity to apply their skills in science, technology, engineering and math by flying space science missions at Challenger,” stated Jennifer Therrien, Education Director and Center Coordinator. “They will solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of discovery.”

Susan Jonason, Executive Director, added, “Students will bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate the skills needed for success. This grant is an investment that will help to inspire Maine’s future workforce.”

Using space exploration as a theme and mission simulations as a vehicle, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students’ expectations of success, fosters a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and inspires students to pursue studies and careers in these areas.

In Maine, the Challenger Learning Center is located at 30 Venture Way in Bangor. Contact: 207-990-2900. FMI: www.astronaut.org

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