More than 150, 000 students have participated at the Challenger Learning Center of Kentucky since its inception in 1999 and that is just one of the reasons the Challenger Center received the Title One Appreciation Award from Pike County Schools Title One program.
Tom Cravens, Challenger Center director, accepted the award recently at a ceremony with Robert Osborne, Director of Federal Programs, Pike County Schools; Reed Adkins, Superintendent, Pike County Schools; and Dr. Stephen L. Pruitt, Kentucky Commissioner of Education.
Cravens noted that receiving the award was quite an honor. “This recognition helps to validate the educational work that the Challenger Learning Center staff does every day for the young people in eastern Kentucky. We are committed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs because we understand how vitally important it is for our future. Most young people in rural communities across the country don’t have this opportunity so we’re very fortunate to have an interactive STEM learning facility such as the Challenger Center located in our area.”
Cravens said the Challenger Center will continue to seek out and offer programs that expose our region’s young people to the many exciting, rewarding, and high-paying career opportunities in STEM fields. “It’s never too early for students to begin thinking about their interests and developing their aptitudes and matching those with potential careers. In most cases, young people are not limited by their abilities but by their imagination. They can’t imagine the jobs of tomorrow nor themselves creating or filling those jobs. Part of the Challenger Center’s mission is to give them an opportunity to explore the world around them, peek into their future, and imagine themselves becoming the scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” he said.