Space Foundation is Teaching Hands-on STEM Activities to Educators in Maryland

Space Foundation is Teaching Hands-on STEM Activities to Educators in Maryland

For the 13th summer, the Space Foundation is conducting teacher professional development for educators in Charles County (Md.) Public Schools. The week-long Space Across the Curriculum program is being held at the district’s James E. Richmond Science Center in Charles County and includes a public community night with featured speaker former NASA astronaut Duane “Digger” Carey.

Each summer, the Space Foundation spends one week conducting educator training for Charles County Public Schools. Teachers face many challenges in developing lesson plans that engage students, meet district and state standards and are fun and rewarding to deliver. Space Across the Curriculum helps educators take a fresh approach to their existing curriculum by introducing hands-on space-themed activities that get students excited and engaged in learning.

As its name indicates, Space Across the Curriculum instruction is adaptable for various curricula and grade levels. The Space Foundation places a great deal of emphasis on delivering professional development to educators with programs that meet education standards by integrating science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) into daily curriculum. The courses use space as the “hook” to engage students and provide activities that are instantly transferable to the classroom, such as the bubble activity pictured, which helps small children learn the difference between gas planets and rock planets.

Learn more about Space Foundation space-based STEM programs for educators here.

photo of teachers in training

Teachers in training

About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation has the support of hundreds of dedicated volunteers and currently employs 57 people nationwide, in addition to interns, Federal Work Study students and contractors. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and 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 – and – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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Space Foundation Contact:
Carol Hively, Director – Public Relations & Team Communications
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