Challenger Learning Center Receives More Than $51,000 Grant from Monsanto Fund for “Sprouting Astronaut” Program

ST. LOUIS – This summer, the Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis received a grant of $51,394 from the Monsanto Fund to continue the “Monsanto Sprouting Astronauts Program.” The program provides Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to fifth-grade teachers and students in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.

“The generosity of the Monsanto Fund allows us to continue providing this meaningful and impactful program that engages and ignites a student’s interest in science and provides teachers with the resources they need to help their students reach for the stars,” said Tasmyn Scarl Front, Challenger Learning Center director.

The Monsanto Sprouting Astronauts Program includes teacher professional development workshops, curriculum materials and a planetarium and classroom program at school. Students and their teachers also visit the Challenger Learning Center to participate in the Center’s Junior Astronauts program.

“The Monsanto Sprouting Astronauts Program at the Challenger Learning Center does more than spark a child’s imagination and encourage their scientific exploration,” said Deborah Patterson, the Monsanto Fund president. “The program also supports our area’s educators as they teach the sciences in their classrooms and pave the road for future innovators, engineers and scientists.”