WHAT: Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana will welcome SpaceIL to their Center on Thursday, March 2 at 6:00 p.m. SpaceIL, is an Israeli nonprofit organization working to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon, and through this mission, inspire children in Israel to engage in science and engineering. The community is invited to listen to SpaceIL Co-Founder and SpaceIL Vice President of Education talk about how they aim to create an Israeli "Apollo Effect" by landing the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon.
WHO: Rebecca Manis, Director, Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
Yonatan Winetraub, Co-Founder, SpaceIL
Sari Brosh Rechav, Vice President of Education, SpaceIL
WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
2300 173rd St
Hammond, IN 46323
About Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana
The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a nonprofit, space science education center dedicated to continuing the education mission of the Challenger 51-L Crew and first Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe. Part of a network of international Centers, the site provides STEM engagement through simulated mission programs and curriculum resource support for local educators. Since opening its doors in 1999, the facility has seen nearly 300,000 students, some of whom have gone on to pursue careers in the STEM field based on their experiences at the center. For more information, visit www.clcnwi.com
SpaceIL is a nonprofit organization established in 2011 aiming to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the Moon. The organization was founded by three young engineers: Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub who answered the international challenge presented by Google Lunar XPRIZE: to build, launch and land an unmanned spacecraft on the Moon. SpaceIL is the only Israeli representative. The prize to be awarded to the winners in first place is $20 million. SpaceIL is committed to contributing all potential prize money to the advancement of science and technology education in Israel, actively working to create an Israeli "Apollo Effect." SpaceIL is committed to inspiring the next generation in Israel and around the world to choose to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In October 2015, SpaceIL reached a dramatic project milestone by becoming the first team to announce a signed launch contract that symbolizes an actual "ticket to the Moon". The launch will take place on an American SpaceX rocket. In January 2017, SpaceIL became one of the competition's five finalists.