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Space Foundation Takes STEM Activities to AMOS Conference

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For the fifth consecutive year, the Space Foundation is playing a major role at the annual Advanced Maui Optical and Space Surveillance Technologies (AMOS) Conference in Maui, Hawai’i, Sept. 9-12.

Involvement includes a featured speaker presentation by Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham, a reception for young space professionals and STEM education programs for teachers and students. The conference is a program of the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. (MEDB).

Conference Program and New Generation Reception

Elliot Pulham will be a featured speaker Wednesday morning, Sept. 10. Also on Wednesday, the popular Space Foundation Pau Hana (after work) Networking Reception for New Generation Space Leaders returns. This by-invitation reception will be held from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the Pacific Terrace Rooftop at the Wailea Marriot. The event is part of the Space Foundation’s New Generation Initiatives, which provides professional development and networking opportunities to college students and professionals aged 35 and younger.

Education Programs

Friday, Sept. 12, will be Space in the Classroom Student Day, co-sponsored by the Space Foundation and MEDB.

As part of its extensive education programs that inspire students and teachers by improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills, the Space Foundation will have sessions for school children and a workshop for teachers from the Maui area.

More than 300 middle school students will participate in a Space Foundation Audience with an Astronaut® presentation and hands-on STEM activities.

The Space Foundation will also conduct a teacher workshop on Thursday, Sept. 11, with lessons and activities centered around meteorology and Earth science. The workshop will include a GlobalCast with the Space Foundation World Headquarters Science On a Sphere®, highlighting the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission.

Learn more about Space Foundation education programs here.

About the AMOS Conference

The AMOS Conference is described by MEDB as the “premier technical conference in the nation devoted to space surveillance.” It brings together a cross section of military, contractor and academic participation from the field of space situational awareness. The conference has proven to be a valuable forum for advancing research and development efforts in support of space warfighting technologies. Participants are drawn from Department of Defense organizations, other branches of government, academia, industry and international organizations. The AMOS Conference is a program of the MEDB, a nonprofit corporation established in 1982 to focus on diversifying Maui’s economy. MEDB’s mission involves taking innovative actions that strengthen existing industry as well as diversifying through new opportunities. For more information, go to