Boeing Awards $80,000 Grant to Challenger Learning Center for Student STEM Experiences

November 11, 2019

The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis has received an $80,000 grant from The Boeing Company for its STEM Igniter program. The program will serve over 1,300 underserved elementary and middle school students in the St. Louis region and will include simulated space missions, engineering design challenge workshops, planetarium programs, classroom activities, and professional development workshops.

The multi-faceted program will focus on increasing students’ knowledge, interest and confidence in pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Equally important is also helping students understand the importance of and improving teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills.

“The generous support of Boeing will allow us to ignite the potential of students from all backgrounds and spark a passion for learning through real-world experiences.” says Tasmyn Scarl Front, Executive Director of the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis. “We believe that the impact of the STEM Igniter program can, in turn, lead to success in students’ future careers and lives.”

 “Boeing is proud to support organizations like the Challenger Learning Center who consistently demonstrate the positive impact their programs have on the education community and our future generation of scientists and engineers, “says Brittany Douglas, Community Investor, Boeing Global Engagement. “Their mission and approach to doing good work in the community is aligned with Boeing’s efforts to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators.”

About the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis

The award-winning Challenger Learning Center, located at 205 Brotherton Road in Ferguson, Missouri, provides simulated space missions and other STEM-related programs for schools, scouts and corporate groups as well as the general public. It features a replica Mission Control center and an orbiting space station. 

The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis is a partnership of the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the Saint Louis Science Center and EducationPlus and is part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, an international not-for-profit education organization founded in April 1986 by the families of the crew tragically lost during the Challenger space shuttle mission. For more information, visit

About Boeing

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Chicago-based Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S.and allied government customers in 150 countries.