One of the largest donations the Space Foundation has received since the Colorado Springs-based organization was founded in 1983 will fund an education program to help teachers inspire students to pursue careers in the space industry.
“The impact of this donation will be tremendous,” spokesman Kevin Cook said in an email.
The money, the amount of which Cook said is not being released, was given to the organization by Rochelle Abrams, a systems engineer at a space and defense company in Maryland.
Her phased-in donation will pay to support the Space Foundation’s teacher space education programs and advocate for space-related policies.
Training will be available for teachers to learn how to integrate space-themed activities into curriculum.
The Space Foundation also will hold a professional development program for educators July 23-25 at its Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, with curriculum, supplies and strategies for hands-on classroom activities.
The organization’s Washington, D.C. office will use some of the funding to conduct space briefings for lawmakers and hold breakfasts to educate policy makers and staff on the importance of supporting programs that encourage students to pursue careers in the space industry, space research, space exploration and other space-related activities.
Also, a permanent endowment will be established to provide ongoing support for the new initiative, which is named The Dr. Rochelle Abrams Space Across the Curriculum Educator Training Scholarship and Congressional Space Policy Education Program.