Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced that thanks to funding from Lockheed Martin, it will present its Space in the Community program at two Huntsville schools. Space in the Community helps regional communities encourage students to become lifelong learners and pursue studies in the space ecosystem, building a local workforce to strengthen future economic development.
A goal of the Lockheed Martin collaboration with Space Foundation is to encourage students to explore STEM careers and enroll in high school courses that will position them to successfully pursue post-secondary credentials and enter the workforce. The schools participating in these presentations are New Century Technology High School (Nov. 3) and the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) (Nov. 4).
Thanks to the generosity of @LockheedMartin we'll be presenting our "Space in the Community" events in Huntsville, AL, Nov. 3-5, featuring former NASA astronaut Captain Winston E. Scott, USN (Ret.). Learn more: https://t.co/BGVTQoCcLg pic.twitter.com/x4CbCjdNx6
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Space Foundation will bring former NASA astronaut Captain Winston E. Scott, USN (Ret.) to the schools so he can share his experiences in space with students. Scott’s inspirational presentation will inform students about the connection between education and the exciting future career opportunities to come in the space ecosystem.
In addition to the astronaut presentations, Space Foundation educators will lead students through hands-on STEM activities focused on the Artemis I mission. The program will also include professional development training for Huntsville-area educators as well as a free public community night at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., with an astronaut presentation scheduled for 6 p.m.
Commenting on the upcoming events, Space Foundation Vice President-Education Autumn Thomas said,
“Our goal with Space in the Community is to inspire the entire community to see themselves in space and promote our organizational mission of creating ‘Space for You. Space for All.’ It promises to be an engaging, enriching and educational event for participants.”
In anticipation of the event, Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (ASCTE) President Matt Massey shared,
“We are grateful for Lockheed Martin’s commitment to ASCTE. Because of their support, the Space Foundation’s Space in the Community program will introduce our students to a NASA astronaut, hopefully inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders whose innovations will ensure we remain at the forefront of defense and space. These experiences with our partners allow our students to build meaningful relationships, explore their interests and passions, and apply classroom gained knowledge to real-life experiences.”
Lockheed Martin Program Vice President Jeffery Kepley commented,
“We’re proud to support Space Foundation’s STEM programming and are excited to bring Space in the Community back to Huntsville. We depend on a diverse and highly skilled workforce to support our mission, and we remain committed to inspiring and supporting our industry’s future leaders in Huntsville and across the country.”
Additionally, on Nov. 6, following the Space in the Community events, Space Foundation will be attending Artemis on the Square in Huntsville — a community outreach event focused on the upcoming Artemis missions. It will be a free event featuring fun and interactive experiences for the whole community to enjoy. Space Foundation will be sharing a booth with Lockheed Martin with the goal of providing educational resources to teachers, STEM activities for kids and families, as well as more information about Lockheed Martin’s role in our return to the Moon.
Learn more about Space Foundation’s STEM education outreach and Space in the Community at www.discoverspace.org/
About Space in the Community
Space in the Community is an initiative of Space Foundation’s Center for Innovation and Education to help regional communities encourage students to become lifelong learners and pursue studies in the space ecosystem, in turn building a local workforce to strengthen economic development. Through partnerships, Space Foundation hosts events that inspire students, families, caregivers and educators with role models from space exploration and space-inspired industries as well as hands-on activities. For more information, please visit https://discoverspace.
About Center for Innovation and Education
Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning platform for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap, sponsored programs, and global collaborations, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for new jobs, careers and new business ventures through its Space Commerce Entrepreneurship Programs, New Generation Young Professional Program, Professional Teacher Training, and Space-Inspired Curriculum. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit www.spacefoundation.org/cie, and visit www.discoverspace.org to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.
About Space Foundation
Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to information, education and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders — business, government, education and local communities — through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including the world-renowned Space Symposium and The Space Report. Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at www.SpaceFoundation.org.