The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center recently received a $10,000 grant from the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Fund.
The money will be used to finance approximately 20 missions at the Challenger Learning Center, impacting 600 students in fifth grade through eighth grade in the Cattaraugus, N.Y., and Allegany, N.Y., region who have not been able to participate in a mission in the past due to financial limitations.
“We are very grateful to the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Fund for providing the funding to allow student groups to attend a mission that otherwise would not be able to do so,” said Challenger Learning Center director Tom Moser. “Because of their generosity, we are able to bring STEM education—science, technology, engineering and math—to more students.”
Challenger Learning Center Chairman Stu Smith added: “Inspiring our children to excel in STEM education is critical, not only for the future of our community, but also for the future of our country as a whole. Contributions from organizations like the F.T. and Anna C. Manley Memorial Fund will help our children realize their dreams.”
Schools interested in applying for these funds should contact Moser either by email at Tom@DRCLC.org or by calling the center at (716) 379-8686 for more information.
The Challenger Learning Center offers two simulated missions—A Voyage to Mars and Rendezvous with Comet Halley—plus a team-building activity, the Great Rocket Design Challenge. Since opening in June 2009, more than 6,500 students from 17 counties in New York and Pennsylvania have participated in these educational programs.
About the Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center
The Dresser-Rand Challenger Learning Center, a not-for-profit organization, is a space-themed learning program designed to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (or STEM education) through a series of hands-on experiences and simulations that are tied to classroom learning and team building.