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The Challenger Learning Center recognized for its stellar work

The team at the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester won the annual Pinnacle Award through the Center for Interactive Learning Collaboration (CILC).


Each year, content providers made up of museums, science centers, art galleries, zoos, aquariums, musicians, and authors are recognized through the CILC’s Pinnacle Award.


Commanders Andy Raab and Peter Robson were both recognized again this year for their stellar work and dedication.


This comes amid a year of increased importance on remote learning. Their program engages students on remote missions and electrifies the learning environment. They have won the Pinnacle Award every year since the Challenger started its video conferencing missions over 10 years ago.


The award recognizes content providers from around the world for their “Programs of Distinction,” and for receiving outstanding ratings on program evaluation by educators and activity directors.


To receive the Pinnacle Award, organizations have to receive a 95% or above for the entire year on their evaluations. As recipients of the annual award, they stand out as demonstrating remarkable quality of educational content and exceptional skill at program delivery.


Jan Zanetis, Managing Director of CILC notes “The last year of operations has been an unprecedented challenge for our content providers with many schools and museums closed due to the Pandemic. CILC’s content providers not only rose to the challenge, they surmounted it. This year’s group of Pinnacle award winners is the largest ever!”


The Pinnacle Award was first awarded in 2008 and has become a CILC tradition.