TransDigm Group Inc. sponsorship brings new STEM classroom to Great Lakes Science Center
A brand new space for experiments, engineering challenges, lab workshops, robotics teams, field trips and summer camps is welcoming students at Great Lakes Science Center.
The TransDigm Group Learning Center opened in a newly renovated area of the Science Center recently, thanks to Cleveland-based, aerospace manufacturing company TransDigm Group Incorporated — a leading global producer, designer and supplier of highly engineered aerospace components, systems and subsystems that are used on nearly all commercial and military aircraft in service today.
“Whenever we seek to renovate existing areas, add to our footprint, or transform our galleries, the goal is always to provide high quality, informal STEM learning experiences that fulfil our mission to make STEM come alive,” said Science Center President & CEO Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen. “By partnering to create this new space we have even greater opportunities to help children develop the skills industry leaders like TransDigm Group look to for a strong future workforce.”
Thanks to TransDigm’s investment, the Learning Center is now a key expansion site that will allow the Science Center to increase its capacity, serving even more future scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators. The Learning Center will primarily serve students from grades kindergarten through eighth, Camp Curiosity sessions, and high school FIRST Robotics students. The Science Center estimates that an additional 200 students per week will be able to participate in hands-on workshops during the school year, and another 200 campers over the summer. Nearly half of all students who visit the Science Center on field trips are from Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools or other Title I schools, which translates to more than 3,700 students benefiting from additional access thanks to TransDigm.