Monroe One BOCES celebrates relaunch of Challenger Learning Center in new location at Kodak Center

Monroe One BOCES formally relaunched the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester with a ribbon cutting in its new location at Kodak Center, 200 W. Ridge Rd., Rochester. The new facility features an upgraded mission control room, command module and videoconference space.

Monroe One BOCES Board Members and administrators welcomed educators from school districts around the region for the ceremony and an open house. New York State Regent Wade Norwood and Assemblyman Mark Johns addressed the attendees, praising the Center as an important educational resource in the community.

“We are excited about our partnership with Eastman Kodak Company,” said Monroe One BOCES District Superintendent Dan White. “Not only does the lease agreement secure the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester as a learning center for students for years to come, it provides for a fresh, new and exciting space in which the program can look to expand and thrive.” 

We are excited about our partnership with Eastman Kodak Company. Not only does the lease agreement secure the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester as a learning center for students for years to come, it provides for a fresh, new and exciting space in which the program can look to expand and thrive.
— Dan White, Monroe One BOCES District Superintendent

The Challenger Center interactive program flew 153 missions last year serving 3,825 students from 24 different school districts. Commanders Peter Robson and Andy Raab lead students on a mission into space in which they use their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills and problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills. Missions for this school year will begin in early October.

 “We’re thrilled to provide the space for the new home of the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester,” said David Bullwinkle, Chief Financial Officer and President of Eastman Business Park. “Kodak has a rich history when it comes to aiding in space exploration and this partnership with Monroe One BOCES continues that history and will help young people excel in STEM fields for years to come.”

 

Monroe One BOCES first opened the Challenger Learning Center of Greater Rochester in 1991. It was housed in an RIT building on Fitzhugh Street until 1996. It was moved to the Strasenburgh Planetarium where it served local school districts until June 2019. The Center was created to inspire students' interest in science and math. When students fly their Mission to Mars, not only do they have fun, but they also exercise the development of their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills by completing curriculum-based activities aligned with New York State Learning Standards. Every single student is 100% engaged in a truly state of the art facility that incorporates hands-on science activities that help improve problem-solving skills and enhance creative and critical-thinking abilities.