The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana has received a generous grant award from ArcelorMittal to introduce its newest mission, Earth Odyssey, to local educators and their students.

The Earth Odyssey mission will focus on our home planet, the effects of humans and weather on the planet, and the technology involved in effective Earth observations.

Center Director Becca Manis said, "ArcelorMittal's support demonstrates their commitment to the future. The students who visit us could find their place in a spacecraft headed to Mars or a control pulpit at ArcelorMittal. ArcelorMittal understands the importance of planting the seeds that will grow the workers and leaders of the future through their support of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs like ours."

ArcelorMittal is the world's leading steel and mining company, with a presence in more than 60 countries. Through its core values of sustainability, quality and leadership, ArcelorMittal commits to operating in a responsible way with respect to the health, safety and well-being of its employees, contractors and the communities in which it operates. More information about ArcelorMittal can be found at www.usa.arcelormittal.com.

The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a space science education center and field trip destination located in Hammond, Ind. The center endeavors to provide teachers with resources to meet science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum goals and gives students a chance to put these skills to work during simulated space missions. More information about the center can be found at www.clcnwi.com.