News Briefs

08/03/2012
The entire planet will be watching as NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft places the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars at approximately 11:31 p.m. MDT Sunday night, Aug. 5 (1:31 a.m. EDT, Monday morning. Aug. 6).The landing beside a mountain inside a crater will use a new "sky crane" maneuver that lowers the 1-ton rover by nylon cords from a rocket backpack to the Martian surface....
08/03/2012
Two Space Foundation projects, created in conjunction with Colorado Springs-based Crystal Peak Design, have been honored with 2012 Silver Summit Creative Awards. The winning designs are Introduction to Space Activities, a print and online brochure used to educate policymakers about the fundamentals of space and space policy, and a series of original designs commemorating each of the six Space...
07/31/2012
The Space Foundation, Charles County (Md.) Public Schools (CCPS) and CCPS Superintendent James R. Richmond hosted an Educational Exchange Luncheon today at North Point High School in Charles County with the goal of inspiring the middle and high school girls attending to pursue careers in STEM fields - science, technology, engineering and mathematics.The featured luncheon speaker was Space...
07/16/2012
This week, the Space Foundation will conclude the Colorado Springs portion of its summer Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses with the final course - Astronomy Principles for the Classroom: Kinesthetic Astronomy, held at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute, 105 Coleridge Ave. The course provides educators with ideas for exciting new ways to bring the universe...
07/11/2012
A new Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development course started this week at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo.Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction explores the requirements for establishing and maintaining a human presence on the Moon or Mars. Topics include discussion of growing food on Mars and creating oxygen....
06/21/2012
Teachers participating in this week's Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum professional development course, Meteorology and Space Weather, visited KRDO-TV, the southern Colorado ABC affiliate, yesterday to see how weather forecasts are incorporated into the evening news broadcast.The Space Foundation course helps teachers examine the different areas of meteorology and learn how to...
06/18/2012
Space Foundation Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao recently spoke to students at Barnard Elementary in Troy, Mich., about his experiences as a NASA astronaut. Principal Mary Haezebrouck wrote in a note of thanks to Chiao, "In my 35 years as an educator I have never attended an assembly that was the quality of the assembly you presented to our students. Not only did you share...
06/13/2012
The Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development course Biological and Physical Research: Long-Term Space Travel started this week at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs. The class included teachers not only from Colorado, but also from Arkansas, Illinois and Minnesota.Focusing on the effects of space travel on the human body, this course...
06/11/2012
Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses started this week at two locations in Colorado Springs, Colo.These intensive week-long graduate-level courses for pre-k - 12 educators provide space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. All courses are hands-on and focus on...
06/04/2012
Winning artwork from the Space Foundation 2012 Student Art Contest is now on display at three Pikes Peak Library District locations through the month of June. The winning artwork can be seen at Old Colorado City and Sand Creek Libraries in Colorado Springs, and at High Prairie Library in Falcon, Colo.Each year, the Space Foundation invites students from around the world in pre-kindergarten...

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