Challenger Center, a nonprofit science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization and Montgomery County Community College are teaming up to bring a Challenger Learning Center to Montgomery County Community College Pottstown Campus.
Challenger Learning Center at MCCC will be the first Challenger Learning Center in Pennsylvania. The Center will bolster the state’s ongoing STEM education initiatives by providing hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for thousands of students each year.
“We are delighted to announce this collaboration with Challenger Center to offer these valuable STEM educational resources,” said Dr. Victoria L. Bastecki-Perez, MCCC President.
Montgomery County is a hub of education, consisting of 22 public schools with a diverse student population. One of the many goals for Challenger Learning Center at Montgomery County Community College is to serve students in traditionally underserved populations and increase their interest in STEM.
The new Challenger Learning Center will join a network of center that have reached more than 5.5 million children around the world.
Challenger Learning Centers offer a variety of hands-on STEM programs, with the core being its simulated space-themed missions that take place in a fully immersive Space Station and Mission Control.
“We are thrilled to welcome Montgomery County Community College to the Challenger Center network and look forward to serving the surrounding communities,” said Lance Bush, president and CEO, Challenger Center.
Expected to open in Fall 2021 inside MCCC’s Sustainability and Innovation Hub building, Challenger Learning Center at the college will be a hub of STEM-learning in the region.
Beyond Challenger Center Missions, the facility will host summer camp programs, elementary school programs, professional development, teacher training, corporate missions, and more.
As a leader in STEM education, Challenger Center provides more than 250,000 students annually with experiential education programs that engage students in hands-on learning opportunities. Challenger Center was created by the Challenger families to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51-L.
Read more about Challenger Center at Montgomery County Community College here.