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Space Foundation to host national educator's conference at Peterson Air Force Base

09/12/2005

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sep. 13, 2005) -- The Space Foundation will host Space in the Classroom (SITC) on Friday, Sept. 16 at the Peterson Air Force Base Auditorium in Colorado Springs, Colo. The one-day conference is free and open to Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons, invited K-12 educators, and their classes. Col John L. Wilkinson, USAF, deputy director of Mission Support, Air Force Space Command, will welcome attendees. The program includes a space flight presentation by former NASA astronaut Col Charlie Precourt, USAF (Retired); informative briefings from the 21st Space Wing of the Air Force and the K-9 security police force; and interactive tours of Peterson's Air and Space Museum, the fire department, and the K-9 security police force. "We are pleased to offer this training conference, empowering teachers and inspiring students to pursue careers in space, science, math, engineering, and technology," said Dr. Patricia Arnold, vice president of education and workforce development at the Space Foundation. SITC is co-sponsored by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), ATK Thiokol, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Company, and SI International. For registration and additional information, contact Jonathan Ogg, director of education for the Space Foundation, at 719-576-8000 or [email protected]. About the Space Foundation Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. Its education programs have touched teachers in 49 of the 50 U.S. states. The Space Foundation manages the on-site NASA Educational Resource Center; offers two distinct Master's in Space Studies Degrees in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University; and has trained more than 30,000 teachers since 1986 through Space Discovery graduate courses and national conferences. The Space Foundation also has offices in Washington, D.C., and Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Space Foundation annually conducts, along with its partnering organizations, Strategic Space 2005, Oct. 4-6 at the Qwest Center Omaha Convention Center and Arena in Omaha, Neb.; Florida Space 2005, Nov. 15-17 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Kennedy Space Center, Fla.; and the Foundation's signature event, the National Space Symposium, April 3-6, 2006, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.

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