We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of John Glenn. For the last several years, we were fortunate to have Senator Glenn serve on our Advisory Council, just one of the endless ways he demonstrated his commitment to inspiring the next generation of explorers. Today, our country lost an American hero who so many students - past, present and future - idolized. We are thankful for his years of service and so very grateful for all that he did to make this world a better place. We send our thoughts and prayers to his beloved wife Annie, along with his family and many friends. Godspeed, John Glenn.
-Lance Bush, President & CEO, Challenger Center - Washington D.C.
"Stay passionate about math and science - don't be afraid to take on projects outside of school. That's when the really fun stuff happens." Advice from Sean Robinson, a Manufacturing Engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne and Challenger Center alumni. Full article here...
With support from the National Girls Collaborative, CoCoSTEM is once again offering Mini-Grants (up to $1,000) for collaborative STEM outreach projects that engage girls in STEM fields. Successful Mini-Grant projects must involve two or more organizations registered in The Connectory, a national online database of STEM outreach programs. Mini-Grant applications are due on June 17; projects can take place during summer or fall 2016. For more information about Mini-Grants, please visit the NGCP website or click here to apply.
Fremont Middle School Science Teacher awarded $5000 grant
With the goal of further advancing students' education, Century Link rewarded a $5,000 grant to an eighth-grade science teacher Tuesday at Fremont Middle School. Full article here...
IN THE NEWS: A living education memorial honors the Challenger Shuttle 30 years later
Colorado Springs Gazette (February 14, 2016) -- It was an evening of memories and a ballroom filled with people who remembered exactly where they were 30 years earlier, on Jan. 28, 1986. Seared into every memory was the exact moment they learned of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. The 30th anniversary of the tragedy was observed by Challenger Learning Center of Colorado, one of 40 STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) educational sites considered the living memorial to the seven crew members, including the first schoolteacher in space, who lost their lives when the shuttle exploded. Full article here...
"Reaching for Tomorrow" 30th Anniversary Event - January 28 (Reception begins at 6:00pm)
On the 30th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy, join us to celebrate the children who long for space and dream about tomorrow. Click here for more details!
IN THE NEWS: Challenger crew lives on through inspired Colorado Springs students
Colorado Springs Gazette (January 22, 2016) -- "Colorado Springs, we've had a problem." Not an explosion, as Apollo 13 encountered in 1970, but rather a meteor shower. The noisy, chaotic event disrupted but did not prevent 30 fourth graders from Foothills Elementary School from completing their lunar touchdown Wednesday. Divided into a mission control crew and a team of astronauts aboard a space station, the students worked feverishly to identify the minimal damage to their spacecraft, re-launch and successfully land on the moon. Full article here...
Lego Design Challenge - February 6 and 13 (6:00 - 8:00pm)
LEGO® Design Challenges are innovative, project-based engineering activities consisting of designing and building a machine according to a set of design criteria. Working in teams, kids learn about robotics, problem solving and engineering through designing, building, and testing their LEGO® Simple Machines or WeDo creations. The event will be held at the Library 21c in Colorado Springs. Tuesday is Simple Machines (for grades K - 3) and Thursday is the WeDo Challenge (for grades 4 - 5). Click here for more details!
SeaPerch Design Competition - Saturday, February 25
SeaPerch is an innovative underwater robotics program for middle school and high school students to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Students are encouraged to test their vehicles, deploy them on missions, and compete in a culminating event, the SeaPerch Challenge - a district-wide one-day design competition.Click here for more details!
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