Space Foundation Headed for AMOS Conference

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Space Foundation Headed for AMOS Conference The Space Foundation is emphasizing the future of space with programs at the 12th Annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference in Maui, Hawai'i. Involvement includes a reception for young space professionals and education programs for teachers and students.

In addition, Space Foundation Vice President -- Washington Operations Brendan Curry is on the AMOS Conference agenda, speaking about government affairs and space policy.

The conference, a program of the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. (MEDB), runs Sept. 13-16, 2011.

New Generation Reception
Young space professionals can relax and network after the first full day of the conference at a Pau Hana (after work) networking reception on Sept. 14, presented by the Space Foundation and co-sponsored by the MEDB.

The event is part of the Space Foundation's New Generation Initiative, which provides professional development and networking opportunities to college students and professionals aged 35 and under.

Education Programs
As another part of its program to build the space workforce of tomorrow by inspiring students and teachers and by improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, the Space Foundation will conduct sessions for school children and a Space in the Classroom workshop for teachers from the Maui area.

While the students are participating in their events, about 30 middle and high school teachers will participate in a Space in the Classroom workshop co-sponsored by the Space Foundation and MEDB in association with Air Force Research Laboratory, Analytic Graphics, Inc. (AGI), The Boeing Company, Digital Bus, the University of Hawai'i Institute for Astronomy (IfA), Lockheed Martin, the Maui High Performance Computing Center (MHPCC), Northrop Grumman, Orbital, Pacific Defense Solutions (PDS) and United Launch Alliance (ULA).

The workshop, which will show teachers how to incorporate space activities into the classroom, will cover GPS and geocaching, Mission to Europa underwater ROVs, techniques for looking for life on other planets, a Create an Alien activity and an overview of Space Foundation programs. The workshop is based on the Space Foundation's Space Across the Curriculum courses, which teach a variety of space-related topics that teachers can then apply in the classroom.

The conference hotel, Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, is donating the lunches and Presentation Services Audio Visual is donating AV equipment for the education programs.

During the programs, the Space Foundation is also informing teachers about the opportunity to apply for the Lucy Enos Memorial Scholarship, which provides professional development opportunities for a qualified Hawaiian educator, including tuition, fees, travel expenses and lodging for the recipient to travel to Colorado Springs and participate in one of the Space Foundation's week-long Space Across the Curriculum courses.

About the AMOS Conference
Devoted to space surveillance, the AMOS Conference presents a cross-section of military, contractor and academic participation in the field of space situational awareness. For more information, click here.


This article is part of Space Watch: September 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 9).