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Space Foundation Partners With New Mexico Space Grant Consortium to Host Teacher Professional Development Workshop

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — June 26, 2024 — Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1983, offering education, collaboration and information for the global space ecosystem, today announced it will host a three-day teacher professional development workshop at Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum from July 9-11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Supported by grant funding from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, this training will guide educators through the fundamentals of astronomy to the cutting-edge discoveries of today. Lesson topics include the structure of the universe, search for extraterrestrial life, black holes, and gravitational waves. Through hands-on activities, participants will gain a deeper understanding of these subjects that can be implemented directly in the classroom. Lessons span an array of Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards from all grades and are designed to engage all learners.

“We’re excited to provide Albuquerque educators with the opportunity to explore the wonders of the cosmos, deepen their understanding of astronomy, and gain the tools and knowledge to engage and inspire their students to pursue a STEAM career,” said Dr. Melissa Patton, Space Foundation vice president of education. “The innovative tools and techniques gained through these workshops will help them transform their classrooms into dynamic hubs of STEAM learning.”

Geared toward middle school educators, the program welcomes applicants from all educational backgrounds. Participants can anticipate a $100 stipend per day and will earn a certificate of professional development hours upon completion. Space is limited, and reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis.

“I’m excited to announce that the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium has partnered with Space Foundation to offer an unparalleled professional development opportunity. Educators will dive into dynamic training designed to boost classroom engagement and elevate their science curriculum. This partnership offers a chance to inspire students with the wonders of astronomy and unlock new horizons in science education,” said Paulo A. Oemig, director, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium, and director, NASA EPSCoR research, creativity and economic development office.

Educators interested in participating in the professional development workshop are encouraged to apply here:

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Rich Cooper
Vice President, Strategic Communications & Outreach
Space Foundation
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