STEM Programming Gets Boost At Link Observatory

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(Pictured from left-to-right: Ed Kominowski of the Community Foundation of Morgan County, William Blaschke, Greg McCauley of Link Observatory Space Science Institute.) (Pictured from left-to-right: Ed Kominowski of the Community Foundation of Morgan County, William Blaschke, Greg McCauley of Link Observatory Space Science Institute.)

A group of local philanthropists has donated $500,000 to the Link Observatory Space Science Institute in Morgan County. The funds will help expand the institute's DiscoverSpace programming, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education. The institute says its initiatives are helping to create and inspire "employees for tomorrow" in STEM fields.

The benefactors are represented by William Blaschke, who said "we believe the Institute’s impact on both the public and Central Indiana middle and high school students is phenomenal, and we want to see it grow. This is a Morgan County organization that is improving education and creating tomorrow's well-trained employees. We should all be proud of the impact they are having on the lives of future generations, and we fully support their efforts and the results they are achieving."

DiscoverSpace programs were launched in 2015 and they offer informal education on NASA missions, astronomy and space exploration to middle and high schoolers. The institute says its waitlist totals more than 100,000 students.

Deputy Director Kurt Williams says "we are extremely grateful to Mr. Blaschke and his group for their generosity to allow even more students and members of the public to get highly engaging, inspirational STEM education on a subject that captures almost everyone’s imagination. With this grant, thousands more Indiana students in Morgan County and beyond will be exposed to and engaged in exciting STEM educational programs that inspire them to pursue careers in STEM fields."

You can connect to more about the observatory and institute by clicking here and more about DiscoverSpace by clicking here.

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