Houston Space Center receives generous $1 million donation to advance science learning


A generous $1 million Gift from Dhaval JadavCEO of alliantgroup, at the nonprofit Space Center Houston will support empowering the next generation of explorers with authentic science learning experiences.

HOUSTON, April 6, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — A generous $1 million Gift from Dhaval Jadav, CEO of alliantgroup, at the nonprofit Space Center Houston will support empowering the next generation of explorers with authentic science learning experiences. The donation will help fund programs that inspire youth and educators through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, exhibits, and programs. To honor this generous investment in STEM learning, a building on the Space Center Houston campus has been named The Dhaval R. Jadav Learning Innovation Center.

“Jadav’s commitment to Space Center Houston allows us to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow,” said William T. Harris, president and CEO of Space Center Houston. “His generous investment in science learning helps us provide students and teachers with access to what’s happening in space exploration today through hands-on engineering-based activities.”

Jadav also sits on the board of the Space Center Houston. He co-founded alliantgroup in 2002 out of a passion for entrepreneurship and helping small and medium-sized enterprises, which generate the majority of innovation and job growth in United States. alliantgroup educates businesses, the industry groups that serve them, and the accounting firms that advise them on federal and state credits and incentives that are legislated by our government to keep the United States competitive in the global landscape. To date, alliantgroup has helped over 20,000 businesses claim nearly $16 billion in credits and incentives while offering nearly a quarter of a million dollars in STEM scholarships each year.

“I’ve seen firsthand how critical STEM is to the future of our country and I’m excited about how excited America’s future talent is for these skills. I feel very fortunate to be able to partner with incredible organizations like Space Center Houston for making positive change on this front. I am so honored to make this donation and am impressed by their generous recognition in return. Every day I will strive to ensure that the center learning and innovation that bears my name engages the bright minds of the future,” said Dhaval JadavCEO of alliantgroup.

During the grand opening event, a new sign was unveiled and girls from Space Center Houston’s Girls STEM Pathway initiative, presented by Boeing, participated in hands-on science learning activities to learn more on space exploration.

Through authentic learning experiences, students are able to help make the connection between the classroom and solving real-world challenges in science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Dhaval R. Jadav Learning Innovation Center (LINC) is the nexus of educational programming at Space Center Houston. The institution serves 200,000 students and educators each year, with resources to provide hands-on learning opportunities and educational experiences that help build understanding of authentic STEM concepts. LINC classrooms are equipped with modular furniture allowing students to build and launch rockets; design and create lunar and martian habitats; design, assemble and test robots to support exploration missions; build and test heat shields; formulate research-based questions; and conducting experiments – activities that promote small group interactions and encourage cooperative design processes.

Space Center Houston offers engaging and hands-on space and science activities for people of all ages to inspire them to pursue a STEM career. For more information about Space Center Houston, its educational programs, and other experiences, visit http://www.spacecenter.org.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit space exploration and science learning center offering extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center attracts more than 1.25 million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today, and generates an annual economic impact of $118.7 million in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and a certified center for autism. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center each year to experience the educational space museum with over 400 things to see and do. For more information, visit http://www.spacecenter.org.

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Meridyth MooreHouston Space Center, (281) 709-8124, mmoore@spacecenter.org

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