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Triumph after Tragedy: The Incredible Story of How One STEM Hub Came to be and Continues to Have an Impact

Jun 3, 2019 11:00:00 AM / by Kelsey Batt posted in Social-Conscious STEM, Promoting Interest in STEM, Robotics, STEM Extracurricular Activities, STEM Learning Methodologies


In 1984, Ronald Reagan first announced the “Teacher in Space Project,” hoping to promote civilian interest in space travel. However, the mission was ill-fated. Two years after Reagan’s announcement to the public, off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, the shuttle Challenger broke down 73 seconds after takeoff. All seven crew members perished as the nation watched helplessly from below.

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