August 25 Festival of Science Slated for Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 5, 2011) -- The Space Foundation's local Festival of Science has been such a tremendous success that a second festival has been added this year to coincide with the Aug. 25 open house at the Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy, 4220 East Pikes Peak Avenue, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Festival, which will be held from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the Academy's gymnasium, is free and open to the public.
Targeted at the middle-school-level, the Festival of Science brings students and their families, teachers and community members together with local science-oriented organizations offering hands-on activities.
Confirmed participants include:
Pikes Peak Library District
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Science Matters in Colorado
The Wildlife Experience
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, CSTEME
University of Colorado at Boulder Astrobiology Club
Organizations may still apply to participate by contacting Elias Molen by August 12 at: EMolen@SpaceFoundation.org.
Learn more about Space Foundation education programs at: www.SpaceFoundation.org/education.
About the Space Foundation Connection with Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy
The Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy is a public middle school created in 2009 through a partnership between the Space Foundation and Colorado Springs School District 11. It is named in honor of Colorado native and astronaut John L. "Jack" Swigert. The Academy uses space themes and principles to teach a broad range of subjects, with focus on improving students' proficiency in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). The Space Foundation Discovery Institute is located on the campus of the Swigert Academy and is the home base for Space Foundation education programs, housing classrooms, a Mars Yard, an Educator Resource Center and the AGI Space Missions Simulator.
About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the global space industry, the Space Foundation is developing the next generation of space professionals - and building the overall technological strength of the nation - through programs that stimulate students' interest and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A non-profit organization founded in 1983, the Space Foundation supports its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity," through space awareness programs, including Space Certification and the Space Technology Hall of Fame®;industry events, including the National Space Symposium; research and analysis products, including The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activities; government affairs activities; and programs for teachers and students. Education programs include intensive graduate-level Space Across the Curriculum courses for PreK-12 educators; NEW HORIZONS community-centered science enrichment programs; STARS hands-on science enrichment programs for students; a cadre of Teacher Liaisons comprising advocates for space-related education; lesson banks and resources; and the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, given annually by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, NASA and the Space Foundation to recognize outstanding contributions to technology education by K-12 educators or district-level personnel. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation has offices in Washington, D.C., Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.
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Pictured: Students participate in the Space Foundation Festival of Science held in february at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy