The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center
The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning was established by Framingham State University, Christa’s alma mater, to honor her commitment to teaching. In creating the McAuliffe Center, the University was determined to address the increasingly critical issues of the attraction, retention and education of the best and brightest as future science teachers by honoring the vision, values, and ideas of Teacher-Astronaut Christa Corrigan McAuliffe. Today a wide range of programs draw learners of all ages to the Center, whose facilities include the FSU high definition digital planetarium, a versatile exhibit space, and an updated Challenger Learning Center.
The Center’s vision is to foster a community of lifelong learners by providing innovative, integrated STEM pedagogies, practices, and programs that are accessible to all audiences. The Center’s mission is to be a leader across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in K-16 integrated STEM learning through the sharing of resources, building of partnerships, and advancement of educational practices.
Through its many affiliations and partnerships, the McAuliffe Center has rare access to a wide range of people, artifacts, and knowledge that inform every program and educational resource it develops.