Teacher Liaisons Visit World Headquarters During Space Symposium

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The Space Foundation's Teacher Liaison Workshop, which is an annual feature of the Space Symposium, took a different twist this year when attending Teacher Liaisons traveled to the Space Foundation's world headquarters in Colorado Springs for their educational sessions.

Seventy-five teachers from 13 states participated in the program, which included:

  • Breakfast and photos with NASA Astronauts Mark Polansky, Dr. Sandy Magnus, Dr. Leroy Chiao and Col. Alvin Drew, USAF (pictured from left with Iain Probert, Space Foundation vice president - education)
  • An interactive session presented by the United States Air Force Academy
  • A session on Teacher Liaison strategies conducted by veteran Teacher Liaisons Daniel Newmyer, who was also winner of the 2013 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, and Marci Ward, who was honored as Outstanding Teacher Liaison during the workshop
  • An introduction to the Space Foundation's Science On a Sphere®, located in the Northrop Grumman Science Center and the Space Foundation's Sphere curriculum
  • Opportunity to attend Space Symposium sessions
  • A guided tour of the Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center
  • Opportunity to attend the Corporate Partnership reception

Teacher Liaisons were invited to attend the Space Symposium Opening Ceremony on April 8. Returning Teacher Liaisons also participated in the Teacher Liaison Connections program that included a visit to the Space Foundation Discovery Institute in Colorado Springs and a presentation by former U.S. Air Force astronaut Livingston Holder. A select group also attended the Space Technology Hall of Fame® Dinner.

See photos here.

About the Teacher Liaison Program

Teacher Liaisons are extraordinary educators who use space-related education programs and principles in the classroom and act as advocates for space-based education in their schools and districts. If selected for the program, they receive Space Foundation training and resources to further integrate space into their classrooms, including the opportunity to attend the Space Symposium. The program is open to public, private and homeschool teachers and school administrators, including principals, specialists, curriculum and instruction developers and administrators and others who deliver education programs to students.

Started in 2002, this prestigious, nationally recognized program provides an honored few benefits and privileges that improve teaching skills, strengthen resumes and influence space and science education at a national level. More than 250 educators from throughout the world are active as Teacher Liaisons. New participants are selected each January.

See more information, including how to apply, here.

Pictured above: Space Foundation Teacher Liaison Terry Bramschreiber with astronauts Dr. Leroy Chiao and Col. Alvin Drew, USAF.

This article is part of Space Watch: May 2013 (Volume: 12, Issue: 5).