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Challenger Learning Center of Maine

Gilman Electrical Supply provides funding to launch 6th, 7th and 8th grade students on space missions at Challenger Learning Center of Maine


Middle School students from Ellsworth, Medway and Newport are transforming into astronauts and mission control specialists at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine in Bangor, thanks to the generous support of Gilman Electrical Supply.


"These students have the opportunity to apply their skills in science, technology, engineering and math by flying space science missions," stated Jennifer Therrien, Education Director and Center Coordinator at Challenger. "While they are at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine they will engage in hands-on learning that complements their in-class work and provides activities that are not possible in the classroom." In addition to meeting State science standards they will be required to solve problems, communicate effectively, make good decisions and work as a team to achieve success.


"We are grateful to Gilman Electrical Supply for providing the funding that allows all of these classrooms to participate in Challenger missions," Susan Jonason, Executive Director, stated. "It would be wonderful if all middle school students in Maine could have this experience. Thanks to Gilman Electrical Supply, ten classrooms will."


Betty Wright, social studies teacher from the Sebasticook Valley Middle School in Newport, took her students to Challenger in November. "I heard many students enthusiastically discussing their trip the next day at school. We are so grateful to have benefactors who so generously assist students in areas where funds are so limited."


Using space exploration as a theme and mission simulations as a vehicle, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of 48 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students' expectations of success, fosters a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and inspires students to pursue studies and careers in these areas.


In Maine, the Challenger Learning Center is located at 30 Venture Way in Bangor, and may be reached by calling 207-990-2900 or To learn more about the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education, visit