Thanks to JetBlue Foundation, over 80 students from the Challenger Learning Center at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey, CA transformed into engineers responsible for launching a simulated Space Launch System rocket and designing a 3D Mars habitat. In the program, students worked on their problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills while experiencing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts in the context of a real-world challenge.

The Earth to Mars program with local Downey students was a success! 78% of students felt the experience improved their teamwork skills and 69% said they have a new awareness of STEM careers!