The founder of the University of Arizona’s Sky School is being honored by the White House.

Benjamin Blonder is one of 13 honorees who was in attendance as a "Champion of Change" Tuesday morning in Washington.

The trip has been a chance for Blonder to be honored for his work, and spread the word about how the Sky School works.

“We’ve had a chance in meet with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel, and a number of other people in the current Obama administration," Blonder said. "And to share the work we’ve been doing with a number of nonprofits, who are very interested in our Arizona model and spreading it to other parts of the country.”

The school is a program that takes lower-income children from southeastern Arizona, and gives them a chance to explore scientific fields, such as ecology, geology and astronomy in the Santa Catalina Mountains, located north of Tucson.

The program takes students to the UA's Mount Lemmon Sky Center for up to a week at a time.