Challenger Center to Host STEM Education Panel


image WHAT: Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) will host a panel event for corporate and legislative leaders, addressing key components of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act and the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S.

WHO: Opening remarks provided by Norman Augustine Panel moderated by Challenger Center President & CEO Dr. Lance Bush.

Panelists include:

* Dr. Gene Green - CEO/President, Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD
* Mr. James Brown - Executive Director, STEM Education Coalition
* Ms. April Lanotte - Einstein Educational Fellow
* Ms. Stephanie Bednarek - Government Affairs Manager, SpaceX

WHEN: July 24, 2013 from 9-10:30 a.m.

WHERE: 203-02 Senate Visitor Center
East Capitol Street N.E. and First
Street Washington, DC 20004

WHY: The panel discussion will highlight the emerging needs of STEM education in the U.S., placing emphasis on the positive effects investments in innovation through education have on America's ability to compete in a global market. Panelists will also provide front-line knowledge of the current state of STEM education in the U.S.

RSVP is required for this event. Media interested in attending this event should contact Lisa Vernal (lvernal@challenger.org or 202-827-1573). Video cameras are NOT permitted.

CONTACT: Lisa Vernal, Director of Communications
Challenger Center for Space Science Education
422 First Street SE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
202-827-1573
lvernal@challenger.org

About Challenger Center for Space Science Education Using space

exploration as a theme and simulation as a vehicle, Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students' expectations of success, foster long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and inspire students to pursue studies and careers in these areas. Challenger Center's network of Challenger Learning Centers across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Korea reach students each year through simulated space missions and educational programs and engage educators through missions, teacher workshops, and other programs. Founded in 1986, Challenger Center for Space Science Education was created to honor the seven astronauts of shuttle flight STS-51-L: Commander Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Michael J. Smith. To learn more about Challenger Center for Space Science Education visit http://www.challenger.org

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