Space Across the Curriculum Course Examines Meteorology and Space Weather

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Teachers from seven states attended the Space Foundation Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development course Meteorology and Space Weather in June, including the 2013 recipients of two Space Foundation scholarships.

The course examines the different areas of meteorology and how to incorporate them into the classroom, and includes hands-on projects that are transferrable to the classroom, guest speakers and a trip to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colo.

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

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.

The 2013 recipient is Robert A. Zellner (pictured), a math and science teacher at Kanu o ka 'Aina New Century Charter School in Waimea, Hawai'i.

Also attending the course was Lorraine Lightner, a teacher at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla., the 2013 recipient of the Space Foundation's Dr. Catherine Pedretty Space Scholarship for Teachers. Lightner is the last recipient of the Pedretty scholarship, which will no longer be offered.

Guest Speak Rachael Plath
Colorado Springs KRDO-TV Meteorologist Rachael Plath (pictured) was guest speaker at Meteorology and Space Weather.

She discussed the extremes found in Colorado weather and revealed what goes on behind the scenes at her television station (and who does the weather barefoot).

See a photo gallery of the week's activities here.


This article is part of Space Watch: July 2013 (Volume: 12, Issue: 7).