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Space Across the Curriculum Courses for PreK-12 Teachers

The Space Foundation's Space Across the Curriculum courses provide teachers with a unique opportunity to develop extraordinary classroom skills, while at the same time earning credit for professional development or toward a master's degree in education.

These week-long intensive, graduate-level courses for PreK-12 educators provide space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. All courses are experiential, hands-on and focused on national standards and STEM principles. Although the underlying focus is on STEM, the courses are structured to adapt lessons to all grade levels and all curriculum areas. Participants do NOT need to be science or math teachers. Public, private and homeschool teachers from around the globe are welcome.

Colorado Springs open-enrollment Space Across the Curriculum courses are held at the Space Foundation Discovery Center at our world headquarters. In addition, we conduct Space Across the Curriculum courses for targeted groups on a contract basis at locations around the world. Recent programs have been held at Charles County Public Schools, Charles County, Md.; Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo, Colo.; La Grange, Ill.; and Omaha Public Schools, Omaha, Neb.


Credits and Degrees

Participants can earn continuing education credits or graduate credits or can apply Space Across the Curriculum courses toward master's degrees at:


Fees and Financial Aid

Thanks to the generous support of the Mikkelson Foundation and the Adolph Coors Foundation, we are able to offer our Space Across the Curriculum courses, valued at $670, for only a modest materials fee of $165. This fee is often paid through school or school district professional development fees. In addition, there are targeted scholarships available.


2014 Space Across the Curriculum Schedule

  ASTRONOMY PRINCIPLES FOR THE CLASSROOM: KINESTHETIC ASTRONOMY

June 23 - 27, 2014
This course will focus on the exciting ways to bring the universe into your classroom. Topics will include motions of the heavens, astronomical research tools, stars, and constellations, 3D exploration of comets, auroras, and planets. Educators will explore the fascinating aspects of Kinesthetic Astronomy, a hands-on approach to our galaxy. It will be a week of excitement, challenges, and practical teaching ideas. This course also includes a night of planet and stargazing with telescopes.

  SPACE TECHNOLOGIES IN THE CLASSROOM: IMAGERY AND
HIGH-TECH SCIENCE

July 7 - 11, 2014
This course will examine the numerous uses of space technologies in our society for the benefit of humankind. Educators will discover the practical applications of orbital mechanics as they explore the everyday uses of satellites. Through field trips and hands-on demonstrations, educators will receive an introduction to space transportation and design, robotics, communications, space power, and space structures. Participants will build and explore a variety of space technologies, including the construction of their own programmable robot. Free technologies for use in the classroom will also be explored.


Questions?

For further information, contact the Space Foundation via email at [email protected] or via phone at +1.719.576.8000 or +1.800.691.4000.

 

 

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