Challenger Institute for Teachers gets lift off with 5 K from 3M Foundation

Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2002

The first annual Summer Institute for Teachers at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska got a $5,000 boost last week from 3M Alaska. Paul Sander, Business Development Manager for 3M Alaska, presented a large check for $5,000 to the Center's executive director Steve Horn at last weeks Kenai Chamber of Commerce meeting.

"We're constantly looking for programs that promote the sciences and technology. So the packet of information from the Challenger Center was so inspiring and interesting to us that we submitted it back to our Foundation group at corporate offices for consideration. Our contributions committee toured the facility and we were reinforced as to what a great learning opportunity the Center is for the State of Alaska and all our students and teachers," said Sander.

According to Steve Horn, the new summer institute for teachers will feature Greg Vogt a NASA consultant as a presenter, "Greg is like an overgrown kid that has all these scientific experiments that he brings with him and gives to teachers to take back to their classrooms," said Horn. The program is in keeping with the Center's slogan, "We change the way teacher's teach and students learn."

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