Space Across the Curriculum Educator Workshop
The Space Across the Curriculum educator workshop will introduce teachers to techniques for using space to teach classroom subjects including, but not limited to, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Topics will include a discussion of the relevance of space in education, an overview of Space Foundation programs and hands-on activities focused on kinesthetic astronomy, solar system scale, star cycles and constellations.
The workshop will be taught by Space Education Specialists Elias Molen and Amy Robinson with presentations by Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight (and former NASA astronaut) Dr. Leroy Chiao and Vice President - Marketing and Communications Janet Stevens.
Program is Part of New Horizons
The workshop is part of a program called New Horizons being presented by the Space Foundation in Fairbanks, Feb. 11-16. Other activities will include classes and presentations at local schools, community presentations and a workshop for teachers. In addition to Chiao, the visiting Space Foundation team will include Vice President Marketing and Communications Janet Stevens and Space Education Specialists Elias Molen and Amy Robinson.
The week’s worth of programs was made possible by local Immaculate Conception Grade School fourth-grade teacher Marci Ward, who raised community support for the program. Ward is a member of the Space Foundation’s prestigious Teacher Liaison group, which comprises about 270 extraordinary teachers from around the world who use space themes and principles in the classroom.
The lead sponsors are Pogo Mine and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Additional sponsors include BP, the Chena Kiwanis Club, Denali State Bank, the Fairbanks Economic Development Corp., the Fairbanks Kiwanis Club, Fountainhead Development, Inc., Fort Knox Gold Mine, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Jeffrey and Kelly Brooks , Faith and Paul Walsh , Judy and Johne Binkley, Mary Binkley and Grace Minder.