Challenger Center and New Matter Announce Partnership

Challenger Center, a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education organization, and New Matter, a desktop 3D printing company, announced a new partnership that will include selecting and equipping Challenger Learning Centers with New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printers. Over the next several months, Challenger Center and New Matter will announce the initial group of three Centers selected to receive the donated printers, with the first being unveiled in late June. The selected Centers will receive five MOD-t 3D printers.

“New Matter is a natural partner for Challenger Center and we’re excited to begin our work together,” said Lance Bush, president and chief executive officer, Challenger Center. “We share a commitment to providing innovative, hands-on experiences that spark a passion for learning in students. The MOD-t was developed and designed for teachers and students and we’re eager to see our Challenger Learning Center educators implement these remarkably easy-to-use and elegant printers into programs with their local students.”

As part of the competition to be selected to receive the printers, Challenger Center’s network of 43 Challenger Learning Centers submitted proposals describing how they would use the printers in newly created makerspaces, design new programs, and implement the printers into current education activities. From developing 3D printing summer camps to incorporating the printers into simulated space missions like Expedition Mars, the proposals demonstrated a broad range of creative, forward-thinking approaches for Challenger Center educators to use 3D printing technology to engage students and teachers alike.

“At New Matter, our mission is to use 3D printing to bridge the digital and physical worlds, and we’re thrilled to begin our partnership with Challenger Center,” said Steve Schell, chief executive officer and cofounder, New Matter. “Educational environments are the ideal settings for the MOD-t and we’re pleased that tens of thousands of students and their teachers will soon be able to experience the printers in Centers across the country. Given the increasing national desire to go deeper into space – to Mars and beyond – and the widely accepted understanding that 3D printing will be key to that exploration, we’re also especially proud that New Matter will play a role in those missions by helping to shape the young minds that will eventually lead them.

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