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Space Foundation Partners with New Mexico Space Grant Consortium to Host Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – June 26, 2024 – Space Foundationa nonprofit organization founded in 1983 that provides education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem, announced today that it will host a three-day teacher professional development workshop in Explora Science Center and Children's Museum July 9-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

With the support of a grant from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortiumthis training will guide educators through the fundamentals of astronomy to today’s cutting-edge discoveries. Lesson topics include the structure of the universe, the search for extraterrestrial life, black holes, and gravitational waves. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of these topics that can be directly implemented in the classroom. Lessons cover a variety of next-generation science standards and Common Core standards from all grade levels and are designed to engage all students.

“We are excited to provide Albuquerque educators the opportunity to explore the wonders of the cosmos, deepen their understanding of astronomy, and gain the tools and knowledge to engage and inspire their students to pursue a STEAM career,” he said. Dr. Melissa Pattonvice president of education at the Space Foundation. “The innovative tools and techniques gained through these workshops will help them transform their classrooms into dynamic STEAM learning centers.”

Aimed at secondary educators, the program welcomes applicants from all educational backgrounds. Participants can anticipate a stipend of $100 per day and will earn a certificate of professional development hours upon completion. Space is limited and reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I am pleased to announce that the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium has partnered with the Space Foundation to offer an unparalleled professional development opportunity. Educators will immerse themselves in dynamic training designed to boost classroom engagement and enhance their science curriculum. “This partnership offers the opportunity to inspire students with the wonders of astronomy and unlock new horizons in science education,” he said. Paulo A. OemigDirector of the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium and Director of NASA's Office of Research, Creativity and Economic Development (EPSCoR).

Educators interested in participating in the professional development workshop are encouraged to apply here: web.cvent.com/event/Professional development workshop for teachers.

About the Space Foundation

Space Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 that provides education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem. Driven by partnerships, Space Foundation brings together the full spectrum of stakeholders – business, government, education and local communities – through the support of corporate members, sponsors, fundraising and grants. Visit Space Foundation at www.SpaceFoundation.organd follow us on Facebook, x, Instagram, LinkedIn and Youtube.

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Tags: Space Foundation, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, Explora Science Center and Children's Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico, teacher professional development, teacher workshops, workforce development, educators, teachers, STEM, STEAM education, education space, science education

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Rico Cooper
Vice President of Strategic Communications and Outreach
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(202) 596-0714
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Dottie O'Rourke
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