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Space Education Launch Pad for Teachers and Students in Omaha

09/22/2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 23, 2008) -- The Space Foundation is pleased to announce a significant space education opportunity in conjunction with Strategic Space and Defense 2008. Presented by the Space Foundation and Space News, Strategic Space and Defense, the global security conference for space and defense professionals, is set to take place at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena in Omaha, Neb., 6-8 October. A student program will be conducted for local 8th - 12th grade teachers and their classes on Wednesday, 8 October.

The student program consists of a presentation covering space history, an introduction to careers in space, a tour of designated booths in the Strategic Space and Defense exhibit center featuring leading aerospace companies and organizations, and a space science workshop. Workshop topics include solar heating's effect on atmospheric motion and the electromagnetic spectrum as seen through the telescope. The student program is co-sponsored by NASA Nebraska Space Grant.

Offered on a first come, first-served basis, the program is open to both public and private school teachers and their classes. For more information, interested teachers should contact the Foundation's education department at 719.576.8000 or [email protected]
 
The Space Foundation's education programs support teachers and PreK-12 students using space-based lessons and principles incorporated into standards-based curriculum to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into all content areas.  The Space Discovery Institute, Teacher Liaison program, annual Space Career Fair, and free online lesson bank for educators are some of the education tools the Space Foundation offers to equip teachers and their students.

For additional information about Space Foundation education programs, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org/education.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983 and celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Space Foundation is an international nonprofit organization advancing space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.  A leader in space awareness activities, major industry events, and educational enterprises that bring space into the classroom, the Space Foundation is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.  It conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas and Cape Canaveral, Fla.  Along with partnering organizations, the Space Foundation conducts Strategic Space and Defense 2008, from 6-8 October in Omaha, Neb.  The 25th National Space Symposium, the premier annual gathering of the global space community, will take place March 30 -- April 2, 2009, at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.  For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.

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