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1 million and counting!

Boeing celebrates reaching 1 million DreamLearners participants

Elected officials, representatives from CCSD, and Boeing teammate volunteers celebrated the milestone at North Charleston Elementary School. (Josh Drake photo)

North Charleston Elementary students participated in the popular paper airplane STEM activity that is part of the DreamLearners program. (Josh Drake photo)

In April, Boeing announced that the company’s DreamLearners program reached more than 1 million participants since the program began in 2012 at Boeing South Carolina. Elected officials, representatives from Boeing and the Charleston County School District celebrated the milestone at North Charleston Elementary School, and were joined by dozens of students who participated in a DreamLearners session.

DreamLearners is an instructional program based on elements of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students participate in hands-on group activities, discover different careers at Boeing and learn about the benefits of a STEM-focused education. The program is open to students of all ages and also meets the Force and Motion standards for 5th-grade students in South Carolina.

To learn more about this milestone and what BSC teammates and community partners say about the program, click here.

Boeing 787-9 flies over the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament

(Heritage Foundation photo)

The 2022 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing golf tournament took place in Hilton Head Island, SC, April 15-17. As a part of Boeing’s 11-year sponsorship, a flyover demonstration above the 18th green of the course has become a tradition.

On Saturday of the tournament, a Boeing 787-9, outfitted in Qatar Airways’ livery, wowed the crowd and golfers.

Click here to watch a recap of the event.

BSC teammates volunteer with local organizations to keep the Lowcountry beautiful

Boeing partnered with Wounded Nature in March to build an oyster bed and clean debris from Drum Island. Dozens of BSC teammates and their families joined the group of veterans for the event. (Josh Drake photo)

BSC teammates volunteered with various organizations in honor of Earth Day in April. Some teammates participated in a clean-up of the Angel Oak on Johns Island sponsored by Lowcountry Land Trust (above left; Lowcountry Land Trust photo). Additionally, some teammates collected debris and trash along Boeing’s adopted section of Dorchester Road (above right; Boeing photo).

Home for a hero

Local family receives mortgage-free home as part of Boeing-sponsored veterans program

Another group of teammates volunteered with Soldiers’ Angels to box lunches that included personalized notes for local veterans.

The Built to Honor program provides mortgage-free homes to veterans who have been injured during their service. Boeing has been a sponsor since 2016. In January, retired Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jason Roberts and his wife, Christina, were recognized for their service and sacrifice by receiving the keys to a new home as part of this program.

The Roberts’ friends and family attended the ribbon cutting ceremony at their new home, including Christina’s father, Robert Baldwin, a field engineering technical representative at Boeing South Carolina.

Baldwin, a veteran himself, works on the C-17 program at Joint Base Charleston. Prior to his work at Boeing, Baldwin served in the U.S. Air Force for 30 years as an aircraft maintainer and avionics specialist. He retired as a chief master sergeant in April 2004 and joined Boeing just five months later.

Read more about the Roberts’ and their new home here.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry takes STEM programming on the road

Boeing teammates and leaders participate in a volunteer activity building Brown Bag STEM Kits at CML. The kits will be given to students in schools across the Lowcountry. (Josh Drake photo)

(Josh Drake photo)

In March, the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry (CML) announced a $150,000 grant from Boeing to provide supplemental STEM learning experiences for elementary students in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester counties.

The incorporation of a mobile unit, in addition to its onsite program, was imperative to providing rural communities with CML’s educational opportunities. With Boeing’s investment, CML will reach more than 4,500 students in tri-county Title 1 schools as well as more than 500 students in Colleton County, where all the public elementary schools are qualified Title 1.

Boeing also donated a large-scale 787 Dreamliner model (pictured left) to the museum, which can be seen as part of one of CML’s STEM-based exhibits.

Learn more about CML and Boeing-supported exhibits here.

Boeing buys 2 million gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel for its Commercial Operations

(Boeing photo)

In February, Boeing announced a supply agreement for 2 million gallons of blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with EPIC Fuels to power its Commercial Airplanes operations in South Carolina and Washington state through 2022. The agreement is the largest announced SAF procurement by an airframer and further demonstrates Boeing’s commitment to decarbonizing aviation.

Sustainably produced jet fuel, which reduces CO2 emissions by as much as 80% over the fuel’s life cycle with the potential to reach 100% in the future, is widely recognized as offering the most immediate and greatest potential to decarbonize aviation over the next 20 to 30 years. Made from several feedstocks, sustainable aviation fuel is certified for commercial use and can be blended with traditional jet fuel without modifications to airplanes, engines or fueling infrastructure. Boeing previously committed to deliver its commercial airplanes capable and certified to fly on 100% SAF by 2030.