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Space Companies Alter Course to Boost Ventilator Production in Fight Against COVID-19

A novel coronavirus infection can, sometimes within just a matter of hours, escalate drastically into the life-threatening respiratory disease COVID-19, rendering patients unable to breathe — a reality that’s making hospitals desperate for an increased supply of ventilators. Nightmarish stories from the front lines recount situations where doctors have had to make heartrending choices as…

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In Midst of Coronavirus Pandemic, Space Companies Contribute to Testing and Diagnostic Efforts

It’s easy to imagine space companies as having their eyes firmly set skyward and their heads in the clouds (and beyond), but the coronavirus pandemic has motivated companies that are in the business of space to shift some of their focus to more terrestrial matters. Among the immediate concerns of the public since the pandemic…

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Educators: Take Advantage of Social Distancing Time by Applying for These Grants

Have some downtime as a result of school closures? Make the best of the situation by using this time to apply for STEM-related education grants. We’ve collected a comprehensive list of links to available grants, and brief descriptions of each, so you can easily understand which grants are appropriate for your funding needs and access…

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For Teachers: Free Professional Development Videos to Access During School Closures

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If you’re an educator and find that you have a little extra time on your hands due to school closures mandated to prevent the spread of coronavirus, now is the perfect time to take advantage of these free professional development videos created by the Space Foundation. The video series spans a wide variety of topics,…

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Fill the Education Gap During School Closures with Free Snoopy STEM Lesson Plans

Schools are temporarily closing around the globe in an attempt to slow the advance of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, leaving both educators teaching remotely and parents who are assisting their children to learn at home with the same question: What approach should I take to ensure that my kids stay engaged during this gap in…

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Space4U Podcast: Duane “Digger” Carey – Former NASA Astronaut, Part Two

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In this episode: We continue our conversation with former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Duane “Digger” Carey, USAF (Ret.) and current owner of One-Eighty Out, Inc. Among Digger’s accomplishments was piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia on the STS-109 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. In this second part of our conversation, Digger discusses…

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Space4U Podcast: Duane “Digger” Carey – Former NASA Astronaut, Part One

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In this episode: We meet former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Duane “Digger” Carey, USAF (Ret.), and current owner of One-Eighty Out, Inc. Among Digger’s accomplishments was piloting the Space Shuttle Columbia on the STS-109 mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. In part one of this two-part conversation, Digger talks about his humble…

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Report: U.S. Students’ Future in the STEM Workforce at Risk

As alarmist as the term “STEM Crisis” may sound, it’s the best phrase that can be used to describe declining U.S. student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects today. Talent shortfalls in these areas threaten future American leadership in related job fields — not the least of which being space exploration and…

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In the Wake of a Shooting Star: “Space Cowgirl” Event Lassos Kids’ Interest in Space

As a young girl growing up in communities around Nashville, Tenn., Lydia Touchton developed an early love for space and the cosmos. So much so, that she came to be affectionately known among her friends and family as the “Space Cowgirl.” As the years passed, Lydia found herself living her dream: pursuing a modeling career…

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