Space Education Specialist
Elias Molen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s education programs. This includes the Space Foundation’s popular Discover the Universe field trips and the Space in the Community STEM outreach program. Molen is also responsible for developing and running programs in the Space Foundation Discovery Center’s featured labs: Science On a Sphere®; the Mars Robotics Laboratory; and the AGI Space Missions Simulation Laboratory. He coordinates the Discovery Center’s featured monthly programs, such as Tesla’s Toolbox and Family Star Party. In addition, he manages and teaches the Space Across the Curriculum teacher professional development courses, promoting space education in schools, and developing and implementing curriculum and education programs that support science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).
Molen joined the Space Foundation team in 2010. Prior to working with the Space Foundation, he spent three years teaching chemistry, astronomy, physics, oceanography, meteorology and integrated science at a high school in Lake County (Colo.) School District. He served as science department chairperson, a building and district leadership team member, educational coach, science curriculum supervisor and textbook adoption committee member. Additionally, he taught two years at Houck Middle School in Salem, Ore.
Molen earned both a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in teaching from George Fox University, Newberg, Ore.