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Teachers to Benefit from $15,000 Mikkelson Foundation Education Grant to Space Foundation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 7, 2013) - More than 25 teachers will be able to attend space-themed professional development courses this summer thanks to the Mikkelson Foundation, of Monument, Colo., which has given the Space Foundation a $15,000 grant to underwrite its Space Across the Curriculum courses this summer.

These intensive week-long graduate-level courses for PreK-12 educators provide space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content that is instantly transferable to the classroom. All courses are hands-on and focus on national standards and STEM principles. Although the underlying concentration is on STEM, the courses are structured to adapt lessons to all grades and curriculum areas. Participants do not need to be science or math teachers, and public, private and homeschool teachers from around the globe are welcome.

About the Mikkelson Foundation
The Mikkelson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grant making foundation incorporated in Colorado in 1999 to improve scientific and technical education by providing support for teachers and organizations involved in science and mathematics education, and for students studying science, engineering and mathematics. The Mikkelson Foundation supports a scholarship program for high school seniors and initiatives for organizations and institutions that provide teacher training programs in science and mathematics.

The Mikkelson Foundation is particularly interested in developing or supporting innovative programs for elementary and middle school teachers of mathematics and science. Such programs should help reinforce the native curiosity of children and direct that curiosity to learning how to find answers to how and why things happen.

Information about the Mikkelson Foundation is available at

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the Space Symposium, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation 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 technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Visitors Center with two main areas - the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

Pictured: Teachers enrolled in a 2012 Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum course.