A Full Year of Programs, Events and Milestones


  • Space Exploration Seminar: More than 100 people attended a free program presented in conjunction with Colorado State University - Pueblo that featured a STEM seminar and a public lecture by Dr. Philip Plait, author of Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies.
  • Teacher Liaisons: The 2012 flight of Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons included 20 teachers from 10 states, the District of Columbia and India, marking the first time in the program's ten-year history that a teacher from outside the U.S. has been selected.


  • New Horizons: Thanks to local support led by Teacher Liaison Marci Ward, we took our New Horizons community program to Fairbanks, Alaska, with six days of classroom sessions and assemblies that reached almost 1,500 2nd through 12th grade public and private school students, a Space in the Classroom professional development session for teachers, five community events and extensive media coverage.
  • Robotics Training: Twelve Colorado Springs teachers completed our two-day robotics course funded by The Boeing Company. Teachers learned to build, program and operate LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots and received materials to help them start robotics clubs in their schools.
  • EMBA Event: The Space Foundation co-hosted a tour of Lockheed Martin facilities in Denver and a dinner for International Space University (ISU) Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) students from 12 nations who were in Boulder, Colo., for a two-week education module. 


  • National Science Teachers Association: We participated in the NSTA Conference in Indianapolis with an exhibit and a presentation on viewing sunspots. 
  • International Student Art Contest: The 36 winners of the 2012 Space Foundation International Student Art Contest - themed "Space is Infinite - Explore!" - were selected from more than 1,500 drawings, paintings and multimedia pieces by PreK through 12th grade students from 17 U.S. states, Pakistan and Turkey. Winning entries were displayed at the 28th National Space Symposium and featured in a video where astronauts announced the winners.


  • 28th National Space Symposium Audience with an Astronaut: Three astronauts - Dr. Leroy Chiao, Livingston Holder and Mike McCulley - built interest in STEM subjects when they spoke to 12 groups of students of Colorado-based Teacher Liaisons and from Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy. 
  • 28th National Space Symposium Teacher Liaison Workshop: More than 70 Teacher Liaisons participated in a professional development workshop that focused heavily on space technology and technologies derived from space research, including presentations from Space Foundation Space Certification partners Water Security Corporation, Rex Gauge and Play Attention.
  • 28th National Space Symposium Teacher Liaison Events: Teacher Liaisons met NASA astronauts, were treated to a presentation by Hayden Planetarium Director, astrophysicist, author and space advocate Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, attended the Opening Ceremony and the closing panel discussion featuring space science "mega minds" and participated in a presentation about the Kepler space telescope. Experienced Teacher Liaisons visited the Space Foundation Discovery Institute where they met Bill Nye the Science Guy® and learned about the Mars Yard and Robotics lab and the AGI Space Missions Simulator; they then toured the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  • 28th National Space Symposium Student Tours: More than 350 students - most of them in classes taught by Teacher Liaisons - toured the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center.
  • 28th National Space Symposium Space Career Day: Almost 300 students from National Space Grant universities and transitioning military participated in Space Career Day that featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and 11 major space companies talking about availability of jobs, internships and tuition support.
  • Education Award: Dr. Cynthia Waters was honored by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), NASA and the Space Foundation with the 2012 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award for her work at T.W. Andrews High School, High Point, N.C., providing students with aviation, engineering and aerospace education, training and career development opportunities.


  • Moon Bounce: Two winning paintings from the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest were among 10 works of art projected and bounced off the Moon as part of the worldwide OPTICKS project.
  • Robot Redux: Participants of our February robotics training program participated in a robot exhibition at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute where more than 100 students, teachers and family members showed what they had learned and developed for their robotics clubs.
  • Teacher Training Contract: Charles County (Md.) Public Schools extended its contract for another year of Space Across the Curriculum, slating two courses for July and two courses for August.
  • USA Science & Engineering Festival: Thousands of children participated in glovebox activities at our booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., where we demonstrated how astronauts conduct experiments in space.


  • Library Displays: Winning artwork from the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest was displayed at three Pikes Peak Library District locations in Colorado Springs and in Falcon, Colo.


  • Upward Bound: The Space Foundation provided several days of space-focused hands-on team-building activities for more than 80 Trinidad (Colo.) State Junior College (TSJC) Upward Bound students. The program included an Audience with an Astronaut community event and classroom lecture featuring former astronaut Dr. James F. Reilly, II, and a trip to the Space Foundation Discovery Institute for two days conducting experiments in the Mars Yard and Robotics Lab and in the AGI Space Missions Simulator. 
  • College for Kids: We conducted space activities for 50 students ages 7-12 in the TSJC College for Kids program, including designing mission patches, creating aliens and creating healthy astronaut menus.
  • Inspirational Luncheon: The Space Foundation and Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) held an educational exchange featuring Space Foundation Board Member the Honorable Patricia Grace Smith, who spoke to about 85 people, including administrators, staff, board of education, teachers and female students from CCPS, Charles County community leaders and Space Foundation staff and board members, about the importance of STEM education and the need for the United States to develop a well-educated workforce.


  • STEM Rocks!: We conducted glovebox activities at the STEM Rocks! event in Colorado Springs attended by approximately 2,000 children and parents based at Peterson, Schriever and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force bases.
  • A Visit from NASA: NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin visited Space Foundation headquarters and toured the soon-to-open Visitors Center and the Space Foundation Discovery Institute and spoke to students at the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy.


  • STEM in Hawai'i: At the 13th annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference in Maui, Hawai'i, we conducted a Space in the Classroom workshop for 35 Maui-area teachers and presented programs for 300 children, representing every middle school on Maui. Student events included an Audience with an Astronaut session featuring Dr. Leroy Chiao, hands-on activities conducted by the Air Force Research Lab and a tour of the AMOS exhibit center. 
  • Education in the Community: The Space Foundation added to Adams State University's (Alamosa, Colo.) Zacheis Planetarium Grand Re-Opening celebration and San Luis Valley School Festival with activities including participating in the ribbon-cutting and presenting hands-on space-themed educational activities for elementary and middle/high-school-age students.
  • What IF: We helped children of all ages think creatively by teaching them to "build aliens" at the What IF... Festival of Innovation & Imagination, which covers six square blocks in downtown Colorado Springs and attracts more than 50,000 people.
  • Testing the Wonders: More than 350 students from 11 schools participated in sessions at the Space Foundation's Northrop Grumman Science Center, featuring Science On a Sphere, testing our new Wonders of the Universe programs for PreK-12th grade students. The programs launched in 2013. 
  • Inspiration and Education for Girls: Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger headlined Girls STEM Day, a joint Space Foundation/CSU-Pueblo event that included mini-workshops designed to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers. More than 125 6th-8th grade girls, many from rural areas of southern Colorado, participated.


  • World Space Week: Activities included the opening of the Northrop Grumman Science Center, Audience with an Astronaut programs by Dr. Leroy Chiao that reached 2,000 4th-8th grade students from eight Colorado schools and posting of Teacher Liaison activities on the official World Space Week calendar.
  • Cool Stuff: The Space Foundation hosted a booth with three hands-on activities for kids at the Cool Science Carnival Day at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
  • Learning About Science: Our Festival of Science at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy gave middle school students and their parents and siblings an opportunity to learn from a dozen local science organizations. Plus, our Mars Yard and Robotics Lab was open for students to program robotic rovers to navigate the simulated Martian terrain.
  • Scary Fundraising: Our Space & Science Fiction Halloween Ball raised funds for scholarships for Colorado teachers and students to participate in Space Foundation education programs.


  • Providing a Venue for Learning: More than 550 parents, children, volunteers and school administrators from The Classical Academy (TCA), a charter school based in Colorado Springs, participated in an education event at our Visitors Center that included SOS demonstrations, workshops, games and STEM activities.


  • Robotics Visit: We hosted a World Academy field trip to our Mars Yard and Robotics Lab. 
  • STEM STARS: We presented a STARS program for Skyview School of STEM in Windsor, Colo.