Churchill Downs Helps Launch Kentucky Science Center’s Mars Education Program with $25,000 Donation

Louisville, KY (November 20, 2019) – Churchill Downs Incorporated has partnered with the Kentucky Science Center and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) for an exciting and immersive new space exploration education program. Working in conjunction with JCPS, the Science Center will see 2,000 sixth graders study the wonder and mystery as well as the technicality of outer space thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from Churchill Downs Incorporated.

This sixth grade science immersion program will include full-day curriculum that will allow students to simulate an actual mission to Mars at the Challenger Learning Center, where they’ll get the chance to reprogram satellites, calculate and design their own course to Mars, study soil analysis, examine rocks and monitor the health of the crew. Additionally, students will be able to explore Kentucky Science Center’s space exhibit – the Sun, Earth, Universe Exhibition, which was created by a collaboration between NASA and the National Informal STEM Education Network– and take part in hands-on classes, designed to stimulate scientific learning.

“This partnership provides an amazing opportunity for sixth grade students in our district to comprehend science and space curriculum through hands-on experience and application,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said. “By piloting the program with the select schools, we can test the logistical aspects of expanding this program to all sixth graders in JCPS.”

Churchill Downs Incorporated was proud to play a part in funding the initiative, which will impact schools in the vicinity of Churchill Downs Racetrack, and looks forward to the opportunities to be presented to JCPS students. “Churchill Downs is committed to being a responsible corporate citizen. When we can improve access and education, especially for our neighbors in South Louisville, we are motivated to support,” Churchill Downs Foundation President Tonya Abeln said. “The Challenger Pilot Program and the school-based STEM Clubs are crucial to inspiring children from every background to pursue academic and professional careers that better their future and the future of our Commonwealth.”

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is an industry-leading racing, online wagering and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event – The Kentucky Derby. We own and operate Derby City Gaming, a historical racing machine facility in Louisville, Kentucky. We also own and operate the largest online horse racing wagering platform in the U.S.,, and we operate sports betting and iGaming through our BetAmerica platform in multiple states. We are also a leader in brick-and-mortar casino gaming with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games in eight states. Additional information about CDI can be found online at

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