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Space Foundation/CSU-Pueblo Partnership Continues

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Space Foundation/CSU-Pueblo Partnership Continues The Space Foundation's partnership with Colorado State University (CSU)-Pueblo continues and this summer gave educators in the Pueblo, Colo., area an opportunity for free professional development. The educators learned how to use space themes in the classroom to improve their students' science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) interest and skills. The course was offered by the Space Foundation and held at CSU-Pueblo.

"Lunar/Mars Exploration and Base Construction" is a Space Across the Curriculum course that examines activities related to establishing and maintaining human presence on our Moon or Mars, including oxygen and energy production, growing food, waste removal and recycling and exploration of the surface.

Participants designed and built a model of a Lunar or Mars base that was theoretically sustainable and able to house astronauts for exploration of the Lunar or Martian surface. This activity will help the teachers' students better understand the human aspect of space travel.

Local grants totaling $37,000 made it possible for the Pueblo-area teachers enrolled in the course to attend for free. The course was accredited through CSU-Pueblo Continuing Education Credit, or as part of CSU-Pueblo's new degree program, Master of Education with an emphasis in Space Studies.

Funding for the one-week course was provided by:

  • The Chamberlain Foundation
  • The R.M. Watts Foundation
  • The Frank I. Lamb Foundation
  • The E. M. Christmas Foundation

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See more photos from this class here.

Pictured: Free Space Foundation educator class at CSU-Pueblo
This article is part of Space Watch: August 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 8).