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Challenger Learning Center receives $25K grant

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BANGOR - Students in grades K-12 from across Maine will have the chance to fly simulated space science missions, learn about computer engineering and conduct scientific experiments at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine, all thanks to a generous $25,000 grant award by the Davis Family Foundation.

Students will have the opportunity to apply their skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by flying simulated space science missions, and will engage in hands-on learning that is tied directly to national, state, and local learning standards. The work they do at Challenger complements their in-class work and provides activities that are not possible in the classroom.

In addition to meeting science standards, students will apply important life skills to achieve success, such as problem solving, effective communication, decision making, and teamwork. Challenger also provides teacher training as part of its programs and offers science-rich activities to use in the classroom throughout the school year.

“We are grateful to the Davis Family Foundation for providing funding that will allow many more classrooms in Maine to experience a Challenger program. We currently have a list of schools that have indicated that they wish to participate; however, they need assistance with funding. Other schools that are in a similar situation are encouraged to apply,” stated Susan Jonason, Executive Director. “It would be wonderful if all students in Maine could have the Challenger experience. Thanks to the Davis Family Foundation, many more of them will.”

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