DENVER, Colo.Â “ Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera is partnering with the Space Foundation to provide 10 free instructional webisodes to Colorado educators this summer. The innovative curriculum developed by the Space Foundation education team utilizes Immersive Education, which puts students in real-world scenarios where they can see the connection to real-world jobs. This promotes lifelong learning and interest in STEAM careers (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics). It also helps grow a community's organic workforce and strengthen economic development.
Aerospace will continue to play an important role in Colorado's economy as we work together to bounce back stronger than before the COVID-19 pandemic. This curriculum will help Colorado's educators inspire excitement in the next generation of young students in STEAM and encourage them to look to the stars as they pursue educational studies and future careers in aerospace, said Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera. These webisodes are especially helpful for teachers and educators preparing to engage students in virtual classrooms.
The new webisodes were developed as part of the Space Foundation's Auxilia program, which is Latin for helping hands ” so named because the Space Foundation is sharing its helping hands, as well as its educators' talents, experiences, and insights to inspire the next generation of explorers, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
The webisodes are available now and can be accessed at: https://discoverspace.org/education/for-educators/e-learning-tools/.
One of the webisodes will feature the Space Foundation's Audience with an AstronautÂ® program with an inspiring presentation by former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Duane Carey, USAF (Ret.).
The content will provide e-learning tools for educators, resources that can be used in virtual instruction for all ages, as well as hands-on, immersive, and cross-curricular lesson plans. Content will be delivered on an easy-access, non-account web-based platform, with all 10 webisodes being made available on June 30, 2020.
The Space Foundation's education programs have garnered national and international recognition and awards, with its formal education team boasting six former classroom master teachers who conduct the Space Foundation's global education outreach programs, said Audra Peck, Space Foundation Senior Director – Center for Innovation and Education.
Additionally, the webisode content focuses on the Colorado Academic Standards in science and was developed in consultation with the Colorado Department of Education's Office of Standards and Instructional Support.
The Space Foundation has been conducting teacher professional development workshops for decades. Tens of thousands of teachers have participated in the program since then, impacting hundreds of thousands of students around the globe.
These efforts, and newly released webisodes are part of the Space Foundation's newly created Center for Innovation and Education to drive workforce development and economic opportunity so every generation can find their place in the space economy.
Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera is the co-chair of the Colorado Space Coalition and the Vice-Chair of the Aerospace States Association.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world's premier organization dedicated to inspiring, educating, connecting, and advocating on behalf of the global space community. Through its newly established Center for Innovation and Education, Space Foundation partners with a diverse spectrum of public and private sector partners and donors to drive workforce development and economic opportunity so every generation can find their place in the space economy. Best known for its annual Space Symposium, attended by 15,000 space professionals from around the world, Space Foundation also publishes The Space Report, its quarterly authoritative guide to research and analysis of the space industry. At Space Foundation's Discovery Center an array of dynamic on-site and online space-inspired educational programming is available for teachers, parents, students, and to the general public to prepare them for their own space futures. Visit Space Foundation at www.SpaceFoundation.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube