Teacher Liaisons Promote Space Themes for World Space Week

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Every fall, the global celebration of World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, gives our nearly 200 Space Foundation Teacher Liaisons special opportunity to show off their expertise at bringing space themes into the classroom.

A star example is Georgia Paul, who is planning a Space Night for her school on Oct. 8, a Title 1 event. The featured speaker for the evening will be former NASA astronaut Alvin Drew.

Paul is a K-5 teacher at Pioneer Elementary School in Colorado Springs,Colo., and is the Title 1 Coordinator and Literacy Teacher for all grade levels.

In addition to various engineering, science and math activities that evening, and providing free books about space, Space Night will include participation by: Colorado Springs Astronomical Society; Challenger Learning Center; Pikes Peak Public Library District; Air Academy High School Robotics Team; Pioneer World Space Week Art Show.

Other Teacher Liaisons will participate in Space Foundation GlobalCasts during World Space Week. The GlobalCasts will use the Space Foundation’s unique teaching tool Science On a Sphere® to illustrate presentations by former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao. During World Space Week, Chiao’s GlobalCasts will be shared with more than 1,000 students in six U.S. states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois and New York — and with two schools in Pune, India.

Teachers who are interested in joining this exemplary group of educators and becoming a Teacher Liaison, should apply by Dec. 5 here.

Pictured: Space Foundation Teacher Liaison Georgia Paul with NASA astronauts Mark Polansky and Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., at the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium.

This article is part of Space Watch: October 2014 (Volume: 13, Issue: 10).