Space Foundation is Bringing NASA Astronaut and STEM Program to Guam bases

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Space Foundation is Bringing NASA Astronaut and STEM Program to Guam bases

by: Carol Hively | .
Space Foundation | .
published: October 05, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Oct. 5, 2016) – The Space Foundation is bringing its Space in the Community STEM education program to Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Base Guam Oct. 11 through 17 to inspire students there to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The activities during this Space in the Community week will include Audience with an Astronaut™ presentations for schoolchildren and the public, and a teacher professional development workshop.

Former NASA astronaut Col. Paul S. Lockhart, USAF (Ret.), will share his experiences in space with students at the following schools:

  • Andersen Elementary School
  • Andersen Middle School
  • CDR William C. McCool Elementary/Middle School
  • Guam High School

The program will also include a community event on Friday evening, Oct. 14. The public is invited to the Top o' the Mar, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., for a presentation by Col. Lockhart on his adventures as a NASA astronaut.

The Space Foundation education team will lead a teacher professional development workshop at Andersen Elementary School on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop is open to all Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA) Guam educators, and will help them incorporate STEM lessons and activities into their classrooms and across the curriculum. They will learn activities to get students excited about STEM by launching straw rockets, learning Kinesthetic Astronomy and using apps, such as iMovie. Teachers should register for the workshop in advance by contacting Lisa Bell at lbell@spacefoundation.org

These Space in the Community activities are co-sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and by Air Force STEM, and made possible by the efforts of the Joint Region School Liaison Officer and Naval Base Guam School Liaison Officer, Joint Region Marianas Guam, Andersen Air Force Base, Naval Base Guam, DoDEA Guam Schools and Superintendent.

About Space in the Community

Space in the Community is designed to build partnerships in a community, laying a foundation for a skilled organic

workforce and supporting the workforce pipeline for economic development.

The program incorporates the Space Foundation's Audience with an Astronaut program by engaging former NASA astronauts to explain to students how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are applied in space. Learn more about Space in the Community, and other Space Foundation STEM education programs, by visiting DiscoverSpace.org.

About Col. Lockhart

A U.S. Air Force test pilot for F-16 aircraft, Lockhart was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1996. Lockhart's two space missions were STS-111 and STS-113, both in 2002 to the International Space Station. He logged more than 5,000 hours in more than 30 different aircraft and the Space Shuttle, including 26 days in space.

In 2005, Lockhart left NASA and returned to the Air Force. He was assigned to the Royal College of Defence Studies, London, England, then served at the Pentagon. He retired from the Air Force in 2007. Lockhart is a Texas native and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Texas Tech University, and a Master of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas.

He is recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, National Defense Service Medal and Air Force Achievement Medal, among other honors.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity." Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, 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 – www.SpaceFoundation.org and DiscoverSpace.org – and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.

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