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:
- Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo): School of Education Master of Education and Continuing Education programs with a space studies emphasis
- Regis University: School for Professional Studies Master of Education emphasis Space Studies
- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS): College of Education Curriculum and Instruction emphasis Science Education/Space Studies
Fees and Financial Aid
Thanks to the generous support of the Mikkelson 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.
2015 Space Across the Curriculum Schedule
Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction
July 20-24, 2015
NASA recently had the successful launch of the Orion MPCV (Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle) and is currently building the Space Launch System (SLS). Whether the destination is the moon, Mars or an asteroid the United States is poised to send humans back into the cosmos.
The focus of this course is to demonstrate to educators how to teach all science concepts and standards in one exciting project. Participants in this comprehensive course will learn what it will take to establish and maintain a human presence on our moon or Mars. Advanced life support concepts such as growing food, oxygen and energy production, waste removal and recycling, and exploration of the surface will be discussed. Hands-on activities for each topic will be completed for immediate integration into the classroom. For the final project, participants will design and build a model of a theoretically functioning Lunar or Mars base that will be technically sustainable and house our astronauts for exploration of the Lunar or Martian surface.
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.