OMAHA, NEB. (Nov. 4, 2009) - More than 300 students toured high-tech space exhibits and 70 teachers learned about resources to help them bring space into the classroom at the Strategic Space Symposium this week at the Qwest Center Omaha, in Omaha, Neb.
Presented through a Space Foundation/United States Strategic Command partnership and themed Advancing Space Capabilities and Strengthening Operations to Promote Global Security, the Strategic Space Symposium provided a platform for more than 1,800 attendees to discuss challenging space issues and shape space policy, in addition to showcasing industry best practices, cutting-edge technologies, and emerging space capabilities.
Students Visit 11 "Destination Booths" to See Space in Action
As part of the Space Foundation's educational outreach at the Symposium, the student tours included briefings at 11 of the almost 40 exhibits in the AMERICOM Government Services Exhibit Center:
The students, grades 8-12, came from middle and senior high schools from throughout Nebraska and parts of Iowa. The Nov. 3 and 4 tours were co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant.
Teacher Space Seminar Provides Resource Information
Seventy K-12 teachers learned about space-related educational programs and resources available from the Space Foundation, Lockheed Martin, and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant at the Teacher Space Seminar, co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin and the NASA Nebraska Space Grant, on Nov. 3. The workshop included:
Education is Key Space Foundation Mission
"Education is fundamental to the Space Foundation's mission to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity," said Space Foundation Chief Executive Officer Elliot Pulham. "That's why we ensured that students had the opportunity to experience state-of-the-art technology displays by space industry leaders."
The Strategic Space Symposium education events complement the overall Space Foundation education program, which includes:
For more information, go to http://www.spacefoundation.org/education/index.php
About the Space Foundation
The Space Foundation is an international, nonprofit organization and the foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry - civil, commercial, and national security. Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom, and major industry events, all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable, and propel humanity." An expert in all aspects of the global space industry, the Space Foundation publishes The Space Report 2009: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indices that track daily performance of the space industry. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, the Space Foundation conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has field representatives in Houston, Texas, and Cape Canaveral, Fla. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org. Follow us on Twitter: SpaceFoundation and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion. Lockheed Martin's operating units are organized into broad business areas: Aeronautics, Electronic Systems, Information Systems & Global Services, and Space Systems. The Space Systems organization includes the space launch, commercial satellites, government satellites, and strategic missiles lines of business.
About the NASA Nebraska Space Grant
Part of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant promotes aerospace-related research, education, and public service programs to encourage a diverse workforce. Through a network of colleges, universities, industry and federal agency partners, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant offers funding opportunities, including mini-grants and travel grants. Through its higher education and public programs, it focuses on teacher training and workforce development, including supporting NASA Education Pathfinder initiatives.
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