Challenger Learning Center receives grant from Praxair

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z Challenger Learning Center receives grant from PraxairFor The Times
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HAMMOND | Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana has received a $10,000 donation from Praxair Inc. to help fund the purchase and redevelopment of teacher professional development programs as well as the purchase of supplies for the upcoming space adventure summer camp series.

“Our goal is to merge the power of imagination with the excitement of discovery,” said Rebecca Manis, executive director of the Challenger Learning Center.

“Praxair’s donation will help us continue to provide relevant, current and educational opportunities to students and teachers. Our programs and staff are a resource for area teachers and help to inspire our future workforce to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering – the fields that are critical for the success of our country,” said Manis.

The Praxair Foundation focuses its support in communities where the company, the largest industrial gases company in North and South America, has a sizable presence, primarily in the areas of education, healthcare and public libraries. 

The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is the space science education center located on the campus of Purdue University Calumet. It is licensed by Challenger Center for Space Science Education headquartered in metropolitan Washington, D.C.

The Challenger Learning Centers were conceptualized days after the Challenger space shuttle accident in 1986. The network of centers function as a living memorial that continues the educational mission of the Challenger crew and first Teacher In Space, Christa McAuliffe.

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