Monsanto Funds Challenger Learning Center's "Sprouting Astronaut" Program with $48,000 Grant

The Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis has been awarded a grant of $48,686 from the Monsanto Fund to provide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based programs to 5th-grade teachers and students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

The program includes teacher professional development workshops, curriculum materials, a planetarium and classroom program at the schools, as well as a visit to the Challenger Learning Center to participate in the Center’s Junior Astronauts program.

“The Monsanto Fund is pleased to support the Challenger Learning Center and it’s efforts to help teachers be more skilled and confident in delivering Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM) programs and provide engaging, hands-on activities for students. This in turn will strengthen our community and help prepare our young people to be scientists and engineers,” said Deborah Patterson, President of the Monsanto Fund.

 “The generosity of the Monsanto Fund will allow us to provide meaningful programs that will engage and ignite student’s interest in science as well as to provide teachers with skills and resources to help their students reach for the stars,” said Tasmyn Scarl Front, Director of the Challenger Learning Center.