Space Across the Curriculum Course Examines Space Technology
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jul. 18, 2011) -- The Space Across the Curriculum space technology class started on Monday with 26 teachers attending from schools in six states. The teachers are learning hands-on space-themed lessons, adaptable for various grade levels and immediately transferable to the classroom to inspire student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
"Space Technologies in the Classroom: Nanotechnology and Space Spin-Offs" examines the numerous ways space technologies benefit humankind. The class covers the practical applications of orbital mechanics and, through field trips and hands-on demonstrations, provides an introduction to space transportation and design, robotics, communications, space power and space structures. The participants are exploring a variety of space technologies, including constructing their own programmable robots.
The full-day, week-long Space Across the Curriculum courses are held at the Space Foundation Discovery Institute, 105 Coleridge Ave. in Colorado Springs, and offer continuing education credits and/or coursework applicable to masters degrees in curriculum and instruction with a space studies emphasis.
See more about Space Foundation education programs here.
Pictured: A class exercise in the Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum course, "Space Technologies in the Classroom: Nanotechnology and Space Spin-Offs."