Space Foundation to Bring NASA Astronaut and STEM Education Program to St. Vrain Valley Schools

The Space Foundation is taking its Space in the Community STEM education program to St. Vrain Valley Schools in February.

Former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., will share his experiences in space with students at several St. Vrain Valley Schools in Erie and Longmont, Colo., and will also join a panel discussion for a free public presentation and Star Party on Feb. 17 at Erie High School.

Space in the Community features presentations by former NASA astronauts to spark students’ interest in STEM subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math -- with the goal of inspiring students to pursue careers in those fields.

The schedule of presentations by Dr. Chiao includes:

DATE

TIME

EVENT

LOCATION

2/17/16

8:15-10:15 a.m.

Audience with an Astronaut (AWA)

Erie Elementary School

2/17/16

1:00-3:00 p.m.

AWA

Red Hawk Elementary School

2/17/16

6:00-7:30 p.m.

Community Night- Open to the Public, free

Erie High School

2/18/16

9:00-11:00 a.m.

AWA

Mountain View Elementary School

2/18/16

1:30-3:30 p.m.

AWA

Black Rock Elementary School

2/19/16

8:15-11:15 a.m.

AWA

Erie Middle School

2/19/16

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

AWA

Erie High School

2/25/16

1:00-3:00 p.m.

AWA

Hygiene Elementary School

 Free Public Presentation and Star Party

The public is invited to attend a free panel discussion and Star Party for viewing the night sky at Erie High School, in Erie, Colo., on Wednesday, Feb. 17, beginning at 6:00 p.m, preceded by EHS Engineering students' conference-style Mars Showcase poster presentations from 5-6 pm.

Panelists include:

  • Leroy Chiao, Ph.D., former NASA astronaut and Space Foundation Special Advisor – Human Spaceflight.
  • Sherri Fike, former Vice President for Mission Assurance, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. 
  • Lisa Hardaway, Ph.D., Senior Project Engineer, Orion Program, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
  • Col. Joseph Kittenger, USAF (Ret.), Kittenger set a world record for the longest skydive from a height of more than 19 miles, and was the first man to make a solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a gas balloon.

The St. Vrain Valley Schools Space in the Community program was organized by Lauren Eker, Principal, Erie Elementary School, and Kristina Stem, Erie Elementary School STEM Coordinator/Science Lab Instructor. It is jointly sponsored by the Space Foundation and the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, funded in part by a STEM grant from the Amgen Foundation. The Education Foundation provides resources and educational opportunities in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools that enhance student success and teacher excellence.

About Space in the Community
The Space Foundation's Space in the Community program was created to support a community approach to inspiring students' interest in STEM education, and to help all members of a community discover how interest in space can bring the community together.

Space in the Community incorporates the Space Foundation's Audience with an Astronaut™ education program, featuring former NASA astronauts giving presentations that explain how science, technology, engineering and math is applied in space.

Learn more about Space in the Community, and other Space Foundation STEM education programs, by visiting www.spacefoundation.org/education.

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 field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth.  Visit www.SpaceFoundation.org, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.