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Space Foundation Offers Six Teacher Graduate Courses This Summer

01/21/2003

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.(Jan. 22, 2003) -- The Space Foundation, the leading non-profit organization advancing the exploration, development, and use of space and space education, is offering six unique, hands-on Space Discovery teacher graduate courses this summer in Colorado Springs. Three hours of graduate credit from the University of Colorado is available for each course. The Space Foundation's professional development program provides K-12 educators with curricula developed by teachers that is designed to meet district and school requirements. All course-work provides standards-based hands-on learning that teachers can use immediately. To register, visit www.spacefoundation.org/education or call the Space Foundation at 1-800-691-4000. 2003 Space Discovery courses:

  • "Space History & Space Law" - June 16-20 This exciting new course explores outer space as an endeavor that has spanned more than 1,000 years. Learn about history that blends fiction, science, international relations, economics, and technology, and how space will be governed and by whom.
  • "Earth Systems Science" - June 23-27, 2003 Spend a week in the Garden of the Gods and on Pikes Peak discovering the amazing parallels between Earth and space science. Participate in experiments ascending the Peak and examine their differing results. Explore the fascinating ecosystems, learn about rock and plant classifications in the Garden of the Gods and how we monitor Earth systems from space.
  • "Rocketry and the Biology of Living in Space" - July 7-11 Study the effects of human space flight through micro gravity simulation. Experience the thrill of building and launching your own rocket. Discover space concepts and their helpful classroom applications.
  • "Biology and Physical Research" - July 14-18 Search with the experts for the answers to how humans can expand beyond home to maximize the benefits from space exploration. Discover how the fundamental laws of nature shape the evolution of life. Learn how the human body functions and adjusts to space.
  • "Astronomy Principles for the Classroom" - July 21-25 Focus on NASA's Enterprise for space science. Study solar systems, galaxies, stars and sky identification and the physics of space. View the night sky at the Air Force Academy Observatory.
  • "Space Technologies in the Classroom" - July 28-Aug. 1 Astound your students with real space technologies and their applications on Earth now and into the future. Build your own programmable or maneuverable robot. Explore orbital mechanics, GPS and satellite operations.

The Space Foundation also offers two distinct Masters in Space Studies Degrees in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University. For more information or to get a complete schedule of upcoming educational events, visit www.spacefoundation.org/education or call 1-800-691-4000. The Space Foundation has trained more than 20,000 teachers since 1986 on Teaching With Space through Space Discovery graduate courses and national conferences. All courses and conferences meet state and national educational standards, with optional graduate credit available. The Space Foundation offers an on-site NASA Educational Resource Center, which helps educators access and use science, mathematics, and technology instruction products aligned with national standards and appropriate state frameworks based on NASA's unique mission and results.

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