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Space Foundation Brings NASA Administrator Bolden to Inspire Students at Harrison High School Presentation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 6, 2015) - As part of its 31st Space Symposium, the Space Foundation is bringing NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr., to Harrison High School in Colorado Springs to deliver an inspirational talk to more than 500 middle and high school students selected to attend his presentation.

Bolden will be in Colorado Springs to participate in the Space Foundation's 31st Space Symposium, to be held at The Broadmoor, April 13-16.

"The Space Foundation is bringing the NASA administrator to Colorado Springs students to inspire the next generation of space professionals," said Space Foundation Vice-President for Education and Discovery, Iain Probert. "Our goal is to interest Colorado students in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known as STEM."

Dr. Andre Spencer, Superintendent of Schools for Harrison School District Two, welcomes the visit. "This visit is such an opportunity for our students. We were the first district in the nation to implement a physics curriculum in all our middle schools to enhance the STEM experience early in the educational journey. Harrison School District Two welcomes partnerships that will meet the needs of our local workforce and provide exciting careers for our graduates."

Learn more about Space Foundation STEM education outreach and programs at See details about the 31st Space Symposium at

For more information on Harrison School District Two, visit

About Bolden
Bolden began his duties as NASA Administrator on July 17, 2009, leading the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency's missions and goals. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC. His 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the Space Shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission. Bolden's NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions over North and South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. He later earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Bolden's many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired a Major General in 2004. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.