St. Jude EPIC Challenge blasts off, inspiring students to reach for the stars to help others | State

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Apr. 22, 2021 / PRNewswire / – 3, 2, 1 … we have the launch of an extraordinary, even EPIC, opportunity for students across the country to participate in the historic Inspiration4 fully civilian mission to space while at the same time supporting a life-saving mission here on Earth – that of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding Cures. Saving children .®

Now through August 1, children in grades 2-5 along with their teachers and parents can participate in the St. Jude EPIC Challenge and register for the Inspiration4 St. Jude Science Fair. It is a virtual event that celebrates the innovation generated by students, whether they create at home or work together as a team at their school.

Students who sign up for this Earth-bound mission will automatically be eligible for exclusive invitations to participate in one-time Inspiration4 launch experiences. The crew of this historic mission consists of Hayley Arceneaux, the cancer survivor of St. Jude, now a resident physician who saved her life; Dr. Sian Proctor from Phoenix; Christopher Sembroski of Everett, Wash .; and Mission Commander Jared Isaacman, Founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments and an experienced pilot.

In addition to launching a new era for human space exploration, the Inspiration4 crew encourages any ambitious child who dreams of ever going to space.

The St. Jude EPIC Challenge (Experimenting, Prototyping, Inventing and Creating) is an educational fundraising program that inspires students to apply their education, imagination and lots of heart to flex their creative muscles and prototype a life-enhancing innovation for the children. at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

As part of the Inspiration4 St. Jude Science Fair, winners will receive more than just blue ribbons and bragging rights. In addition to national recognition, awards also include extraordinary experiences related to the Inspiration4 mission. The best educator gets a trip for four to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to witness the historic shuttle, and one class gets the honor of filling a time capsule that will be sent into space and become part of history , just like the Inspiration4 mission.

“At the heart of Inspiration4’s fully civilian mission to space is the bold goal of not only taking scientific progress to new frontiers in space, but also making progress here on Earth for children around the world dealing with it. with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, that has been the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital since our inception, ”said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness-raising organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “Likewise, at the heart of the St. Jude EPIC Challenge is the promise we as parents and educators make to our children to help them grow, expand their minds, show transformative kindness, and support them in their endeavors.”

As students research, design, and create their idea to help sick children, they will also support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by promoting their concepts to family and friends via email and social media by tagging them. @StJude and using the hashtag #StJudeBeEpic. Loved ones can show their support for the ideas by making a donation to St. Jude.

Along the way, St. Jude Education Ambassadors and STEM fluencers will provide messages of encouragement. These educators and self-proclaimed nerds live to share the wonders of science and engineering with people of all ages.

Several space-themed extras make this virtual event unique, right down to the jury, which will be unveiled this summer. In addition to the national achievement awards, students can earn incentives and giveaways during their EPIC journey, including:

Collectable St. Jude EPIC Challenge Pins Limited edition items including a rocket lava lamp, VR headset and telescope A 15 minute virtual Q&A with Inspiration4 crew after the flight (up to five classrooms can earn this) A personally recorded 15 second video message in space A trip for two to an Inspiration4 launch party (held off-site)

Thanks to community support through programs such as these, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because a family has only to worry about helping their child live.

For information on how to participate in the Inspiration4 St. Jude Science Fair, visit stjude.org/epicsciencefair. For starters, there are a large number of online resources available for teachers, parents and students to encourage collaboration, innovation and resourcefulness.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and fights childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The goal is clear: to find cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated exclusively to children. Treatments invented in St. Jude have helped the overall childhood cancer survival rate to rise from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude will not stop until no child dies of cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child rescued in St. Jude means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food – because the whole family has to worry about helping their child in life. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love, and kindness. Join the St. Jude Mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok, and subscribing to the YouTube channel.

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