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Machias Savings Bank funds missions at Challenger Learning Center of Maine

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BANGOR - Machias Savings Bank recently awarded the Challenger Learning Center of Maine an additional $2,500 to provide students in Maine with the opportunity to fly space science missions at the Challenger Center.

"The $5,000 total commitment of Machias Savings Bank to Challenger in 2012 is wonderful," said Susan Jonason, Challenger executive director. "Over the years, hundreds of students from Maine, especially from Washington County, have become inspired to pursue higher levels of science and math education because of Machias Savings Bank's ongoing support of the Challenger program. We appreciate their investment in the future by making this possible for Maine students.

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 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.

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