Challenger Center would give kids a real-world feel for space science

Challenger Center would give kids a real-world feel for space science

(New Hampshire.com, 6/10/17)

If all goes as planned, New Hampshire, where Christa McAuliffe taught youngsters to “reach for the stars,” will be getting a Challenger Learning Center.

Southern New Hampshire University has applied to the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education for approval to build one of the hands-on learning centers on its Manchester campus.

The Challenger Center was founded by the families of the seven astronauts lost in the 1986 space shuttle disaster, including McAuliffe, the Concord High School social studies teacher NASA chose to be its first Teacher in Space.

Decades before anyone had even thought up the term STEM, the families’ vision was to create learning centers around the country that would get youngsters excited about science and space.

The closest Challenger Learning Center is at Framingham State University in Massachusetts, McAuliffe’s alma mater.

Lisa Vernal, senior director of communications for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Washington, D.C., said the center has received a letter of intent from SNHU to open a CLC. It’s the first step in a rather lengthy process, she said.
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