The Space Foundation sent one of its education teams to Tulsa, Okla., this week to deliver a Space in the Community program, co-sponsored by Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance and Flight Night. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and is important in helping students prepare for careers of the future.
The Tulsa program included presentations at several schools by former NASA astronaut Col. Paul Lockhart and a community night, held at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa. The community night gave parents the opportunity to share in some of the activities their children had experienced during the school programs.
In addition to the astronaut presentations, the school programs include hands-on activities led by Space Foundation master teachers, with the goal of reinforcing the STEM learning.
The final component of Space in the Community is a teacher professional development day that provides teachers with hands-on STEM activities they can deliver in the classroom.
This was the fourth time in four years the Space Foundation was invited to deliver a Space in the Community in Tulsa.
The Space Foundation's Space in the Community program is designed to help a community develop a Pre-K through 20 STEM pipeline, to grow a local organic workforce and to strengthen economic development.
Find out how to schedule a Space in the Community in your community here.
Pictured: The Space Foundation education team took its Giant Mars Map to Tulsa for Mars-related STEM activities with students. The Space Foundation received the map from the ShareSpace Foundation, founded by former NASA astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin.