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H-C Alum Inspires Next Generation of Scientists

18 May 2012, 15:47 UTC
H-C Alum Inspires Next Generation of Scientists
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By Debbie Black Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:28 p.m. ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Several months into his role as the president and CEO of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Lance Bush is continuing his lifelong interest in space science while sharing that passion with a younger generation. "I feel that I have lived a charmed life," said the Graceton native and 1981 Homer-Center alumnus. "I've been able to make the world a better place in small ways through my educational outreach efforts and through space exploration, and had a good time doing it."Using space exploration as a theme and simulations as a vehicle, the organization based in Alexandria, Va., and its network of 48 learning centers around the country and in Canada and the United Kingdom strive to foster a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and to inspire students to pursue studies and careers in those areas, Bush said. The center reaches more than 400,000 students each year through simulated space missions and educational programs and engages over 40,000 educators through missions, teacher workshops and other offerings. "Walking through these magical gates of the learning centers is transformative," said Bush. "You find yourself ...

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