Virtual tour of Mars to be featured at next TU Science Cafe

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At Thomas University’s next Science Café, participants will travel to a distant planet – virtually. Participants will go on a virtual tour of Mars from the viewpoint of the Mars Rover presented by Susan Borland, Education Manager of the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee. The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, via Zoom.

Borlandreceived herbachelor’s degree inHealth Educationand began hermaster’s degree inScience Educationat State University of New York Cortlandand continued hermaster’s program atSUNY Stony Brook.She has more than20 years of experience teaching science in New York and Florida. She began her career with the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee in February 1999 and was involved in all aspects of planning of the center.

Borland has extensive experience in curriculum and workshop development. She currently serves as Education Manager of the Challenger Learning Center and is involved in curriculum planning and alignment to standards, workshop preparation and delivery, camp coordination, grant writing and all facets of managing the education department. In addition to her duties at the Challenger Learning Center in Tallahassee, Borland serves on the Network Council and as a mentor for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education network. She served as a member of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education Board from 2012 to 2015 and was one of the 2008 Children’s Champions for Kids Incorporated of the Big Bend.

For those who would like to participate in this event, please email April Penton, Science Café coordinator, at, for the Zoom link. Participants are welcome to join between 6 and 6:30 p.m. if they would like to chat with the presenter. For those not familiar with how to use Zoom, instructions can be provided.

Susan Borland

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