Monroe One BOCES celebrates relaunch of Challenger Learning Center in new location at Kodak Center
Monroe One BOCES formally relaunched the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester on September 25, 2019, with a ribbon cutting in its new location at Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Rd., Rochester. The new facility features an upgraded mission control room, command module and videoconference space.
Monroe One BOCES Board Members and administrators welcomed educators from school districts around the region for the ceremony and an open house. New York State Regent Wade Norwood and Assemblyman Mark Johns addressed the attendees, praising the Center as an important educational resource in the community.
The Challenger Center interactive program flew 153 missions last year serving 3,825 students from 24 different school districts. Commanders Peter Robson and Andy Raab lead students on a mission into space in which they use their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills and problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. Missions for this school year will begin in early October.
“We are excited about our partnership with Eastman Kodak Company,” said Monroe One BOCES District Superintendent Dan White. “Not only does the lease agreement secure the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester as a learning center for students for years to come, it provides for a fresh, new and exciting space in which the program can look to expand and thrive.”
“We’re thrilled to provide the space for the new home of the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester,” said David Bullwinkle, Chief Financial Officer and President of Eastman Business Park. “Kodak has a rich history when it comes to aiding in space exploration and this partnership with Monroe One BOCES continues that history and will help young people excel in STEM fields for years to come.”
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To view more photos from the ceremony and open house, visit the Monroe One BOCES Facebook album here.