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Published on May 9, 2012

The Airbus Corporate Foundation today announced its continued partnership with Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center. In keeping with its goal to "inspire disadvantaged children and young adults through aviation," the Airbus Corporate Foundation has awarded a second $50,000 grant to the Gulf Coast Exploreum, which will use the funds to expand its first year pilot youth mentoring and aeronautics program.

Dubbed ExploreAIR, the Exploreum's expanded program will focus on students, grade 6--12, and support the science center's ongoing Workforce Development initiatives and its role as the region's leading resource for informal STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. With the Airbus Foundation grant, the Gulf Coast Exploreum, one of the top 25 science centers in the country, will add a new, permanent Wind Tunnel Flight Simulator exhibit as one of the foundational exhibit pieces of its aeronautics program. The Airbus Foundation's new grant will also underwrite expansion of the Flight Academy Summer Camp, and Principles of Flight Field Lessons and Teacher Workshops planned for the 2012-2013 academic year. Additionally, team members from the Airbus Americas Engineering Center, also located in Mobile, will work hands-on with local youngsters in the Exploreum's popular Weekend Engineering Flight Challenge, which targets children interested in the aeronautics and aerospace fields.

Youth development is one of three key missions supported worldwide by the Foundation, which aims to inspire children by providing access to aeronautics education. "Airbus is proud to extend our partnership with the Gulf Coast Exploreum," said Barry Eccleston, President and CEO of Airbus Americas and a member of the Airbus Foundation Board. "The Exploreum's initiatives use the exciting theme of aviation to inspire school children to pursue education in science, math, engineering and technology. It also lets our employees get involved in something worthy which directly benefits the future of aviation."

The Airbus Foundation's three-prong mission supports youth development, reducing humankind's impact on the environment and aiding communities that have been affected by natural disasters. "It's a good fit for both organizations, and we are thrilled to be able to continue and expand the program. The community is very fortunate to have this level of commitment from Airbus to inquiry-based science learning and youth development," said Gretchen Jaspering, the Exploreum's Executive Director. "Through this secondary $50,000 grant, the youth development initiative will continue and have a lasting impact along the Gulf Coast region."

For more information about Airbus or the Airbus Foundation, visit www.airbus.com. For more information about the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center, visit www.exploreum.com.

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About the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center
The Exploreum is a not-for-profit, mission-based, science center that promotes science learning through a variety of inquiry-based educational and entertaining activities, including exhibits, IMAX films, demonstrations, workshops and teacher professional development. Located in downtown Mobile, Exploreum visitors can experience more than 150 hands-on science adventures in three permanent galleries: Hands On Hall, the Wharf of Wonder and My BodyWorks, the most advanced health exhibit in the nation. The Exploreum also features large-scale, family friendly, interactive traveling exhibits, year-round with broad science content and educational programming. Guests can also enjoy demonstrations or workshops in the ChemLab, BioLab or new ExploreTEC lab and see a film in the J.L. Bedsole IMAX Theater. Voted the 2008-2009 Alabama Attraction of the Year, nominated as the Best Family Attraction in Mobile for ten consecutive years and a Top 25 Science Center in the Country by Parents Magazine, the Exploreum is the only science technology center serving south Alabama, south Mississippi and northwest Florida. For more information, visit www.exploreum.com

About the Airbus Foundation
Airbus has established the Airbus Corporate Foundation aimed at facilitating charitable activities worldwide under one roof within an international network of employees, associations and international organizations. The Airbus Corporate Foundation started its operations on 1st December 2008, with Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders being appointed President of its Board of Directors. Social responsibility coupled with a greater responsibility to take care of the environment has been at the heart of Airbus business activities for a long time. The Airbus Corporate Foundation focuses its support on the three themes of humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment.

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