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Planned teacher center gets another $250,000 pledge

By Ann Doss Helms
ahelms@charlotteobserver.com

UTC Aerospace Systems has pledged $250,000 to Discovery Place’s $5 million campaign to create a center where teachers learn to strengthen students’ skills in science, math and engineering, officials announced Tuesday.

The Bank of America STEM Center for Career Development – the acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math – is scheduled to open next spring in the uptown Charlotte building now occupied by the bank’s child care center. It is next to the science museum, which has a long tradition of helping teachers create hands-on lessons.

Officials publicly unveiled the plan, which includes a $450,000 pledge from Duke Energy, at a Tuesday news conference. The goal is to provide long-term support for 500 to 600 teachers from public, private and charter schools across North and South Carolina during the first four years. The museum hopes to recruit more high-tech companies to provide financial support and expertise.

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