COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 30, 2016) — The grant that Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) has provided to the Space Foundation will be used to further science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies Dec. 7-9 in several Brevard County, Fla., schools.
The Space Foundation’s Space in the Community program is an immersive program for students and teachers designed to inform and inspire them about space and also reinforce the importance of STEM. It also helps to build a PreK-12 STEM pipeline in communities in order to grow an organic workforce. Space Foundation educators will lead hands-on STEM activities with students at Madison Middle School in Titusville Dec. 7; Central Middle School in West Melbourne Dec. 8; and Johnson Middle School in Melbourne Dec. 9. The schools also will host an assembly featuring an astronaut.
Additionally, the Space Foundation education team will lead a professional development workshop for up to 75 middle school STEM teachers at the Harris Global Innovation Center in Melbourne Dec. 10 from 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. The workshop will help teachers incorporate STEM lessons and activities into their classrooms and across the curriculum.
The goal of Harris’ collaboration with the Space Foundation is to interest younger students in considering STEM careers and taking courses in high school that will position them to successfully pursue STEM studies in college. In the last 10 years, Harris has dedicated more than $22 million to support STEM education projects and initiatives on the elementary-, middle-, high-school and university levels. Harris employees have volunteered thousands of hours supporting STEM education in Brevard County classrooms and hosted hundreds of students at Harris facilities.
The Space Foundation’s Space in the Community program can be delivered in any community in the world, allowing a funder to have an impact where its employees live, play and work. The program can be tailored from a menu that includes: astronaut presentations at schools, classroom hands-on activities, teacher professional development workshops and community speaking engagements. Learn more about Space in the Community at www.spacefoundation.org/education.
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 Washington, D.C., office and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It 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 both of our websites – www.SpaceFoundation.org and DiscoverSpace.org – and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers' toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $7.5 billion in annual revenue and 21,000 employees worldwide. The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems and Critical Networks. Learn more at harris.com.
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