Join the 2020 Movement To Bring Space Science To Northern Virginia


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By donating to Pearl Project Institute’s Challenger Center of Northern Virginia, you will take the first step to bringing exceptional learning experiences to the youth in our community, ignite stargazing quality imagination to problem-solving, harness today's new technology skills in the areas of computer science, aerospace careers, and STEAM.

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Help The Challenger Center

Join the Movement of Interstellar Thinking

The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation in STEM Literacy has launched its fundraising campaign to bring a Challenger Center and its experiential space science education to Northern Virginia in 2020. Inspired by education, the Challenger Center is a space science learning center founded in 1986 by the families of the astronauts who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster on January 28, 1986. learn more (see video)


Challenger Center Experience

The Challenger Center Experience

A Challenger Center space themed mission uses S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts, simulation, and a hands-on learning environment to work as astronauts, engineers, researchers, and journalists to search for life on Mars, establish the lunar colony, study our Earth from space station, or intercept a comet on a collision course with Earth. We believe space sciences can foster STEM career awareness in our youth, team work, communication, engineering thinking and critical problem-solving and women to consider aerospace careers. We plan to offer student missions, seminars, educator training, executive team building missions, camps, and family events. We are actively looking for volunteers, donors, and cheerleaders. Join our movement:
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The Challenger Crew

Founded in 1986, Challenger Center is a STEM education organization created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51L: Dick Scobee, Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Michael J. Smith. Challenger Center has a network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers around the globe that educate students using space-themed simulated learning environments. https://www.challenger.org/

The Challenger Crew


Astronaut Touching Mars

Your Gift

Your gift to The Pearl Project Institute’s Challenger Center of Northern Virginia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our tax ID is 46-5249711.

Ninety cents of every dollar The Pearl Project Institutes’ Challenger Center of Northern Virginia spends is invested in our education programs.


Donations by Mail

If you would like to donate by mail, please send your check to:
The Pearl Project Institute for Innovation In STEM Literacy
Attn: Development
1800 Jonathan Way Suite #325
Reston, Virginia 20190
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