AIAA Pushes STEM Education

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AIAA PRESS RELEASE

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present a “Passport to the Future” Teacher Workshop on Aug. 3 – 4 at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. The event will be sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.


The “Passport to the Future” workshop will highlight best practices for the instruction of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in K-12 classrooms, while providing attendees opportunities to network with their peers and leaders in the aerospace industry.

Attendees will also view exciting technological innovations as they tour the exhibit hall, and attend the plenary sessions, of the 45th AIAA/American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)/SAE, International (SAE)/ American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Joint Propulsion Conference, held at the convention center at the same time.

The workshop will feature two keynote speakers – Dr. Mark Lewis, AIAA president-elect, and former chief scientist of the United States Air Force, and Bruce McCandless, a former astronaut. Both Lewis and McCandless will speak to the important role K-12 educators have in inspiring future engineers and scientists, and how future aerospace innovations have their roots in today’s classrooms.

Other featured topics include “NASA and NIA Resources for Teachers,” “Using Federal and Non-Profit Resources in your Classroom,” and “Engineering in your Classroom.” A share-a-thon luncheon will give educators the opportunity to share best practices in their classrooms.

The workshop will give educators from across the country the opportunity to network with their peers, share ideas on how to inspire students, and learn about best practices in STEM education. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) and graduate credit from the University of Colorado/Colorado Springs is available as well.

For more information about the “Passport to the Future” workshop, contact Lisa Bacon at 703.264.7527 or Lisab@aiaa.org, or visit www.aiaa.org/passport2009. For more information on the 45th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE JPC please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558. or duaneh@aiaa.org.