Space Engineer applauds Challenger Center

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2001

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska recently marked its first year of missions with a visit from a man who had left his footsteps on the moon, Buzz Aldrin.

The Center has been welcoming dignitaries all month long as it celebrates its first Anniversary. Earlier this month a space engineer from the Kennedy Space Center, Ron Casewell, visited the Challenger Center in Kenai and was impressed with the facility, "The Challenger Center is brilliant, and I applaud those in the community that brought this fantastic facility to Alaska. There is nothing more important than inspiring the minds of our youth and you do a wonderful job here," Casewell told Flight Director Ron Arnold while touring the Center.


Ron Casewell, Space engineer with McDonald Douglas at Cape Kennedy, tours the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai and discusses missions at the center with Challenger Center Flight Director Ron Arnold

Arnold has recently been accepted as a participant in the Teacher Academy Project of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute at Texas A&M University, which is funded by NASA. The project is 3-year nationwide teacher staff development project for space science. It will prepare Master Science Teachers/Leaders to assist their local middle school teachers to implement cutting edge space-based concepts in their classrooms.

The Challenger will host its second Space Camp this summer August 20-24th for grades 5-8. Students will study history of the space program, flight, rocketry, simulation of working in space, microgravity environments and how the human body works in space. At the end of their week they will board the Challenger simulator and perform the Voyage to Mars mission. For more information call the Center at 283-2000.

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