We believe that investing in teachers significantly increases student achievement and opportunities for success in all areas.
Space Across the Curriculum
We recognize that teachers face many challenges in developing lesson plans that engage students, meet district and state standards and are fun and rewarding to deliver. This is why we place a great deal of focus on delivering professional development to educators with programs that meet education standards by integrating science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) into daily curriculum. Our courses use space as the “hook” to engage students and provide activities that are instantly transferable to the classroom. Our Teacher Liaison program links master educators from around the globe for networking, support and exchange.
Educator Professional Development Workshops
The Space Foundation offers a number of programs for all teachers:
- Classes held at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, CO
- Attend classes online if you can't attend in person
- Courses can be conducted for half-day or full-day sessions at your school
- Professional development courses can be a part of the Space in the Community program
Abrams Teacher PD Workshop
June 15-18, 2020 / Space Foundation Discovery Center
Teachers engage in a remote Mars mission in the Space Foundation Discovery Center Mars Robotics Laboratory in a professional development course.
Space Foundation Teacher Webinars
Teachers face many challenges in the classroom such as decreased funding, lack of ideas and time for developing lesson plans which engage students, as well as time to create lesson which are fun and rewarding to deliver.
We have the solution! We are producing instant, online training and support to help you be the best teacher you can be and save you time and energy! Join our Space Education Specialists, who are former classroom master teachers, in our new Space Across the Curriculum Webinars and Space Foundation Lunch Bytes.
Keep your eyes peeled for announcements of our upcoming training's through our web site, social media and direct emails. We look forward to “seeing” you in one of our new virtual sessions!
Space Across the Curriculum Webinars
Space Across the Curriculum Webinars are our NEW half-day, teacher professional development seminars offered during LIVE presentations virtually which you can log into from anywhere including from home! Learn new lessons, watch hands-on activities and interact with the presenters!
For a limited-time, these sessions are being offered for Free
Colorado Space Grant Webinar
Calling all Colorado educators! The Space Foundation, along with the US Air Force and Colorado Space Grant, is hosting two, FREE professional development opportunities for you! These no-cost, virtual webinars are designed to inspire educators from the comfort of your own home.
We first went to the moon with Snoopy; now we’re going beyond! On 7 March 2020, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, we’ll be presenting our second session of a two-part series. The theme for this workshop is Expedition: Mars, a project-based learning approach. In this four-hour webinar, you’ll learn how to implement project-based learning into your curriculum, learn several STEM lessons that are centered around going to Mars, explore different tech tools to use in the classroom, and so much more! Lessons are centered around middle school grades but can easily be modified. By attending and completing this webinar you’ll receive four professional development hours.
Surviving on Mars
Leanne Rehme, Space Education Specialist at the Space Foundation presents, “Surviving on Mars”. This webinar is a series of hands-on lessons based on humans surviving on Mars and include landing design, habitat creation, space suit design, and human nourishment.
Mission To Mars Webinar
Space Foundation Lunch Bytes
Space Foundation Lunch Bytes are NEW mini sessions geared for the lunch break! These mini-sessions are designed for any teacher to watch during lunch or your planning period! Learn how to write grants, integrate technology in your classroom, catch up on quick space facts, and so much more!
What is LiDAR? LiDAR is Light Detection And Ranging technology. It’s used for mapping caves, finding underground ruins, self-driving cars, and so much more! Want to teach about it in your classroom? In this lesson, we connect space exploration with current geologic and archeological studies and technology. This lesson also incorporates math skills like graphing, plotting, and fractions in an engaging and unique method. Mapping with LIDAR
Is your PowerPoint putting your students to sleep? Do you need something to spice up your way of delivering a lesson or have students present a project? Well, look no more! In this “Space Foundation Lunch Byte,” I’ll share with you some fantastic web-based presentations to improve lesson delivery and increase student involvement and excitement. Let’s go BEYOND the PowerPoint and turn learning into fun again! Beyond the Power Point
Through this hands-on activity students will create a scale model of our solar system using Play-Doh. Using specific instructions students will divide a 3-pound ball of Play-Doh many times throughout the lesson and smash some together to create planets. Learn about proportion, equal sizes and unit fractions while engaged in a fun hands-on activity. Play Dough Scale Solar System
Join Jodie Guillen, Space Education Specialist at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as she helps you bring that mission IMPOSSIBLE into the realm of possibility! Mission Possible: Grant-Writing 101 will help you hit the ground running with the tools and resources you need to write your first grant! ABC’s of Grant Writing
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and the Space Foundation bring you Drones! Students learn the basics of flying UAVs or "drones," incorporating topics in engineering, physics, and aerospace. The culminating objective is for students to plan and execute a disaster relief mission of delivering a payload to a scale model disaster area. UCAR Drones
Looking to learn about telescopes? Want to find the right telescope to fit your needs? During this Lunch Byte, we will learn about the basic parts and functions of a telescope, understand the meaning behind telescope specifications and demonstrate a simple setup to get you viewing the night sky quickly and easily. Come join us as Space Foundation introduce the Basics of Telescopes! Introduction to Telescopes
In November of 2019, Mercury we transit the Sun for the last time until the year 2032. This quick lunch byte gives information on what it means when Mercury transits the Sun as well as ideas on how to add a hands-on activity element to make a complete Earth & Space Science lesson. Transit of Mercury
Engage your students with this Lander Design Challenge. Incorporate 21st Century Essential Skills & Next Generation Science Standards in your classroom. Students will design and engineer a lander that will carry 2 astronauts and land them safely on the ground from a set height. Lander Design Challenge
Learn about aerodynamic principles in this engaging design challenge. Work in teams to engineer a physical object that utilizes aerodynamic principles to create a glider. Use math skills to calculate the glide ratio and glide angle of your glider. Mars Glider Challenge
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