January 28th, 1986.
I will never forget that day. I sat in a recliner, home sick from school. I turned on the TV just in time to watch the magnificent crew of mission STS-51L, ingress the Challenger.
Francis R. “Dick” Scobee
Michael J. Smith
Ronald E. McNair
Ellison S. Onizuka
I was so excited to see this launch. You see, I wanted to be an astronaut and a teacher, and this mission had both. NASA was about to launch its first ever educational mission, and the first teacher in space was on board. The mission captivated me. I was going to learn from a team of inspirational astronauts teaching me from space.
And then the explosion happened. The crew was lost. My heroes. The crew that taught me that, yes, space, engineering, and science were for a girl like me.
This was a tragedy. However, out of this tragedy a crucial STEM educational mission was born. The surviving family members came together and developed the Challenger Center for Space Science Education to continue the educational mission of STS-51L. This center offers a fully immersive STEM experience for students
Today, a team of dedicated professionals are working to open a Challenger Learning Center in Philadelphia. We find this mission critical to the growth of the STEM ecosystem in Philadelphia, as well as offering immersive STEM educational opportunities to those that are underrepresented in STEM.
This Jan. 28th, as we commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Challenger disaster, we are asking for your support. As a nonprofit, our services and programs depend on donations to sustain us and help us grow. Your donations can help us in the following ways:
- $25 can buy chemistry supplies for 4 students in an after-school program
- $50 can buy physics supplies for 4 students in an after-school program or camp
- $100 can help purchase supply a robotics kit for our center
- $250 can help purchase technology for our center
- $500 can help provide a scholarship for a camper or sponsor a school
- $1000+ can help us to build our center and purchase our simulator
We can use your support. Please help us continue our mission to open a state of the art STEM education center and provide STEM opportunities to students throughout the region All donations are tax deductible. Help us fulfill the mission of that magnificent crew Thank you.