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Space Center Houston Girls Program Gets Boost

Boeing Invests in Young Girls’ Future Careers with a Grant to the Nonprofit

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HOUSTON, Jan. 11, 2018 – Space Center Houston’s Girls STEM education has received a boost from its longtime supporter The Boeing Company with a grant of $42,000.

“We believe that learning is best delivered through hands-on experiences,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “Boeing’s gift and the experiences it affords is an investment to inspire the next generation of thinkers and leaders to one day enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”

The grant will benefit Space Center Houston’s Girl’s STEM Academy, which provides Houston-area middle-school girls with opportunities to be engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The hands-on program is a series of five installments from March-May and teaches young girls about robotics, app design and computer programming, while building confidence in construction and experimenting with engineering challenges.

Nationally, fewer kids are choosing STEM careers, and women are the minority in the STEM workforce. This Boeing grant helps Space Center Houston to support state and national initiatives to improve math and science performance as part of its Youth STEM Academies.

This gift is the latest in Boeing’s ongoing support to the nonprofit science and space exploration learning center, whose programs have impacted more than 200,000 students and teachers from across the globe.  Prior support includes the center’s biggest project since opening its doors: Independence Plaza, presented by Boeing. The international landmark is the only place in the world where guests can enter the original shuttle carrier aircraft, a modified Boeing 747, on which is mounted a high fidelity space shuttle replica.

Boeing also is the national sponsor of Space Center Houston’s summer 2018 exhibit, “Above and Beyond,” opening April 21. The 5,000-square-foot exhibition will offer an unprecedented interactive demonstration of advances in aviation and aerospace, from the first powered flights to the newest innovations on Earth and in space.

For more about how Boeing and its employees give their time, talent and resources in communities around the world, download the 2017 Global Engagement Portfolio. For more information about Space Center Houston, its education programs and other experiences, visit www.spacecenter.org.

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About Space Center Houston: The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 200,000 students and teachers from around the world visit the center annually to experience our educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and experience.

About Boeing: Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Through purposeful investments, employee engagement and thoughtful advocacy efforts, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that align with our strategic objectives, create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning as well as workforce and skills development, and supporting our military and veteran communities.

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