AEDC Workers Go To School

Laura Guerin, left, a teacher at Good Shepherd School, watches as ATA’s Raquel March and AEDC’s Antonina York start up an electric car as part of a STEM workshop at the Challenger Center Aug. 3. Local teachers and AEDC employees spent two days at the workshop working on exercises they can take into classrooms to get more students interested in STEM-related careers. (Photo provided)

AEDC workers are getting the tools they need to inspire young minds and encourage students to consider careers in engineering.
Seventeen AEDC and Aerospace Testing Alliance (ATA) employees and four local teachers visited the Challenger/STEM Center at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga this month, where they took part in classroom activities that they can now share with students at local schools.
The Challenger Center is an informal science education facility that exists as a living memorial in honor of the Challenger crew and is designed to promote the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to students. There are 48 Challenger Learning Centers located around the world.
AEDC workers took part in more than a dozen classroom activities from the perspective of the student.
AEDC also received several teaching kits as part of the workshop. The kits contain the tools to teach the lessons they learned at the Challenger Center and will be available to lend out either to local teachers or to complex employees that want to take them to a school.