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Professional Development

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

Upcoming Workshops!

Teacher Professional Development workshop sponsored by L3Harris Technologies

Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Cost is FREE to participants, and meals will be provided

Registration Link: RSVP Here

Abrams Teacher PD Workshop

June 15-18, 2020 / Space Foundation Discovery Center

Teachers on Mars

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.

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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.

On November 16, 2019, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, we’ll be sharing our newly released Peanuts lessons! These STEM activities are centered around the moon and space exploration, primarily for grades K through 6. You will receive 4 professional-development hours for completing each session. Join Space Foundation as we, "Go to the moon with Snoopy!"

Register for November’s Webinar at: Here

November 16, 2019 – 10am-2pm:

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!

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LIDAR

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

Leanne Rehme

Leanne Rehme
The Art of Exoplanets

Description – Learn about exoplanets, how they are detected, and the missions which have discovered exoplanets in our galaxy over the past decade. Learn how to connect space science and art through an exoplanet art project for your students. Exoplanet Art Project

Slade Bradbury

Slade Bradbury
Candy Rock Cycle

Looking for a fun activity to teach the rock cycle? Search no more! The Candy Rocky Cycle lesson showcases the three major types of rock and describes the geologic processes that form rocks by transforming candy into the three different stages. Candy Rock Cycle

Ruth Butler

Ruth Butler
Beyond the PowerPoint

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

Slade Bradbury

Slade Bradbury
Play-Doh Solar System

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

Jodie Guillen

Jodie Guillen
Mission Possible: Grant-Writing 101

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

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Amber Bjork
UCAR Drones

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

Keith Barger

Keith Barger
The Basics of Telescopes

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

Jeff Gonyea

Jeff Gonyea
Transit of Mercury

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

Slade Bradbury

Slade Bradbury
Lander Design Challenge

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

Keith Barger

Kerith Barger
Mars Glider 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

For a full list of available topics and times, please contact the Education department at [email protected]

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