2013-09-06 / Education

S.C. astronaut plaques on display at Challenger Learning Center

Contributed by Challenger Learning Center


Pictured in front of the display are Paul Werts, executive director of the S.C. Aeronautics Commission, and Dr. Carolyn Donelan, lead flight director of the Challenger Learning Center. In addition to the plaques, the Aeronautics Commission awarded a grant to the Challenger Center to purchase 24 new computers for its aerospace education lab. Pictured in front of the display are Paul Werts, executive director of the S.C. Aeronautics Commission, and Dr. Carolyn Donelan, lead flight director of the Challenger Learning Center. In addition to the plaques, the Aeronautics Commission awarded a grant to the Challenger Center to purchase 24 new computers for its aerospace education lab. Plaques of the four South Carolina astronauts inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame, including NASA administrator and C.A. Johnson High School graduate Charles Bolden, are now on display at Richland One’s Challenger Learning Center. The plaques were donated to the Center by the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission.

The Challenger Learning Center is an exciting hands-on, spacethemed facility designed to provide interactive learning experiences, integrating science, technology, engineering and math. Richland One has South Carolina’s only Challenger Learning Center. Since 1996, the center has served more than 75,000 students, flying simulated space missions, conducting hands-on science explorations and inspiring students with exciting planetarium shows. The Center’s aerospace education program strives to prepare students for careers in the aerospace and aviation industry.

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