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Teacher's Space Foundation Scholarship will Benefit Hawaiian Students

04/17/2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 17, 2014) -- Cristina Veresan, a middle school science teacher, at Star of the Sea School in Honolulu, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Space Foundation Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship. Veresan plans to use the scholarship to travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., this summer to attend the Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development course "Astronomy Principles for the Classroom: Kinesthetic Astronomy."

In her application, Veresan wrote:

One of the greatest advantages of teaching science in Hawai'i is that its unique natural history enriches my curriculum in many ways. The islands provide a living laboratory for teaching biodiversity, ecology, evolution, and volcanology. Hawai'i is also intricately connected to astronomy through celestial navigation traditions and Mauna Kea, the world's largest astronomical observatory, which affords Hawai'i a special portal to the rest of our universe. This provides rich context for astronomy lessons, but despite my enthusiasm, students still struggle to understand basic concepts. Thus, I have targeted astronomy for my professional development, and I am motivated to increase my content knowledge and learn novel teaching strategies.

About Space Across the Curriculum
These week-long intensive graduate-level courses for pre-k - 12 educators provide space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. Although the underlying focus is on STEM, the courses are structured to adapt lessons to all grade levels and curriculum areas. Participants do not need to be science or math teachers.

See the 2014 course schedule at www.spacefoundation.org/education.

About the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship
Each year, the Space Foundation provides professional development opportunities for a qualified educator through the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is available to educators of Hawaiian or part Hawaiian descent, or who teach children of Hawaiian ancestry.

Established in 2005 and funded by Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Holokauahi Pulham and his wife, Cynthia A. Pulham, the scholarship honors the memory of Elliot's grandmother, Lucy Enos, who was born in Pahala, Hawai'i, in 1898. Enos' father was a Scottish immigrant and her mother, Keali'iholokahiki, was a native Hawaiian. Enos died in Hilo, Hawai'i, in 1976.

The scholarship covers tuition, fees, travel expenses, meals and lodging for the recipient to spend a week in Colorado Springs attending a Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum course.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation world headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., features a public Discovery Center including the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®, and is a member of the American Alliance of Museums. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston, and from its Washington, D.C., office, conducts government affairs, publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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