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ICTC: Tech center hosts reception for rocket scientist, astronaut

by MORGAN JOHNSTON, Gazette student news reporter on January 17, 2014 11:00 AM

The Indiana County Technology Center recently hosted a reception at the request of the Central Alleghenies Challenger Learning Center Board in celebration of the board’s receiving a $1.3 million grant to be used in establishing the newest Challenger Learning Center.

[PHOTO: Leland Melvin spoke in front of the elaborate galactic backdrop created by Digital Media and Graphics in the main photo. In the insert picture, Lance Bush and Melvin looked at the Pittsburgh Steelers hat that was presented to Melvin, a former Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions player. (Melaney Brubaker/Indiana Technology Center)]

ICTC staff and students proudly showcased their talents during this event by providing student-created hors d’oeuvres, 3-D printer demonstrations and elaborate staging backdrop. ICTC was honored to greet special guests Lance Bush, president of the Challenger Foundation, and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin.

The Challenger Learning Center was founded after the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy and was established as a memorial to further extend the “Teacher In Space” mission.

The program aims to inspire and motivate middle school students to discover and explore space science while enhancing skills in science, technology, engineering, and math-related activities. The ICTC location will mark the 44th Challenger Learning Center site worldwide.

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