Space Foundation to Host Train-the-Trainer Teacher Professional Development Workshop June 26-30

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

International Teacher Liaison Program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — May 31, 2023 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering information, education and collaboration for the global space ecosystem, announced that it will host a Train-the-Trainer Teacher Professional Development workshop on June 26-30, 2023, at Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. The week-long, project-based professional development event will inspire, educate and empower educators through the power of STEM learning.

The Train-the-Trainer Teacher Professional Development workshop is comprised of two separate courses — Project Asteria and Connections to Space — that cannot be taken concurrently. The workshop will provide teachers with tools and resources that can be used in the curriculum throughout the school year. Teachers will also receive a materials kit with a collection of STEM and space lessons.

“Space Foundation is excited to offer hard-working educators the opportunity to gather to ignite their passion, unlock new skills, and open the door to endless possibilities in shaping young minds,” said Dr. John West, Space Foundation senior vice president of Center of Innovation and Education. “In this immersive learning experience, we will equip attendees with the resources needed to breathe life into their classrooms, inspiring the next generation of space explorers and innovators.”

To help foster collaboration and for the best experience, each course is capped at 20 teachers. Upon completion, they will earn 40 professional development hours that can be applied toward their continuing education credits, and a certificate will be mailed after completion of the final survey.

Event: Train-the-Trainer Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Date: June 26-30, 2023

Time: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. MDT

Venue: Space Foundation Discovery Center, Colorado Springs

Cost: $325 registration fee ($2,000 value). Transportation and other travel costs are not included.

Register: By June 16, 2023, at

Course Descriptions:

  • Course A: Project Asteria – A Lunar Outpost
    Participants train the next generation of scientists, engineers and space explorers for positions within the aerospace community. Through an immersive, project-based educational experience, participants will embark on a journey to develop the very first human lunar outpost, culminating in a presentation that addresses all things required for a new space civilization.
  • Course B: Connections to Space – Advocating for Innovation and Improving Life on Earth
    Attendees will discover the numerous uses of space technologies directly benefiting humankind today, including the role that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory played in providing life-saving ventilators to hospitals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, participants will explore ways to incorporate space technologies into their classrooms through hands-on lessons and demonstrations, all aligned to the Next Generation Science and Engineering Standards, including space transportation and design, robotics, communications, power, and more.

About Center for Innovation and Education

Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning provider for the global space ecosystem, offering workforce development and economic opportunity via Space Commerce Institute and Space Foundation Discovery Center. Serving pre-K-12 and university students, teachers, entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals, programs and resources are delivered in person or online around the globe. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap of programs and resources, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for careers, jobs and business ventures. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, visit, and Space Foundation Discovery Center, visit

About Space Foundation

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