AIAA presenting 'Passport to the Future' teacher workshop

June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009 - Reston, Va. - The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will present a "Passport to the Future" Teacher Workshop Aug. 3𔃂 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The workshop will highlight best practices for teaching the "STEM" subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in K-12 classrooms, and will allow attendees to network with their peers and with 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/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, sponsored by AIAA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, SAE International, and the American Society of Engineering Education.

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.

A highlight of the workshop will be a panel on "Women in Technology," giving educators a chance to discuss issues of gender diversity in the aerospace workplace, and the particular need for teachers to encourage female students to pursue STEM education.

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 from 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" Teacher Workshop, contact Lisa Bacon at 703.264.7527 or, or visit For more information on the 45th Joint Propulsion Conference please contact Duane Hyland at 703.264.7558. or Media registration for the workshop and conference is complimentary for credentialed members of the press.

AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. With more than 35,000 individual members worldwide, and 90 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 500, Reston, VA 20191-4344
Phone: 703.264.7558 Fax: 703.264.7551

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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