The 2013 recipient is Daniel R. Newmyer, a science and math teacher
for Center High School in rural southern Colorado. He received the
award on April 8 during the opening ceremony of the 29th National
Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Read more about Newmyer here.
The Space Foundation, in partnership with the Astronauts Memorial
Foundation and NASA, annually presents the Alan Shepard Technology
in Education Award to recognize outstanding contributions by K-12
educators and district level personnel in the field of educational
technology. Alan Shepard award recipients demonstrate excellence in
the development and delivery of technology programs, which focus on
aerospace and/or aeronautics. Applicants must explain how their
programs ultimately benefit the students in their school or
district. All K-12 school and district level educators from across
the nation are eligible
ApplyNow for the
2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award
Recognizes Educators Who Use Technology to Inspire Students
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 12, 2013) – Educators who have
demonstrated a commitment to inspiring students’ interest in
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) may apply now to
receive the 2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award.
Given annually by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF), the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Space
Foundation, the award recognizes outstanding contributions to
technology education by K-12 educators or district-level education
The Space Foundation will present the award, which is named after
Mercury Astronaut Alan Shepard, on May 19, 2014, at the opening
ceremony of the Space Foundation’s 30th
Space Symposium at
The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Award information and application instructions are available at www.amfcse.org.
Submissions for the 2014 award must be mailed and postmarked no
later than Feb. 3, 2014. The winner will be announced in March 2014.
About the Award
Alan Shepard, one of the nation’s original seven Mercury astronauts,
was the first American to fly in space, one of only 12 humans who
have walked on the moon and a former AMF board member. The award
named for him recognizes excellence, quality and innovation in the
development and application of technology in the classroom, or to
the professional development of teachers. See more about the award
and past recipients at www.spacefoundation.org/about/awards.
About the 30thSpace
For its 30th year, the Space Foundation’s annual Space Symposium
will be held in a later timeframe than usual, from May 19-22, and will offer
workshops, forums, panels and presentations covering all aspects of
space, including programs targeted specifically for educators and
students. See more at www.spacesymposium.org.
About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an
expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global,
nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs
that bring space into the classroom and major industry events,
including the annual Space
all in support of its mission "to advance space-related endeavors to
inspire, enable and propel humanity." The Space Foundation
Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and
provides three indexes that
track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry.
Through its Space
CertificationTM and Space
Technology Hall of Fame®
programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies
and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The
Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado
Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Discovery
two main areas - the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman
Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation
also conducts research and analysis and government affairs
activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office
in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit www.SpaceFoundation.org.
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and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities
About the Astronauts Memorial Foundation
Founded in the wake of the Challenger accident in 1986, AMF honors
and memorializes 24 astronauts who sacrificed their lives for the
nation and the space program while on a U.S. government mission or
in training. AMF is a private, not-for-profit organization approved
by NASA to build and maintain two major facilities at the John F.
Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex: The Space Mirror Memorial
and The Center for Space Education. Through the Center for Space
Education, AMF partners with NASA to provide space-related
educational technology training to teachers and students to foster
an understanding of space exploration, to improve education through
technology and to improve the quality of the space industry
workforce. For more information, visit www.amfcse.org.
NASA is an agency of the United
responsible for the nation's civilian space
Operational since 1958, NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in
space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. It
has led U.S. space exploration including the Mercury and Gemini
space programs, the Apollo missions to the Moon, the Space
U.S. involvement in the International
the Hubble Space Telescope and robotic interplanetary and distant
space missions. NASA is also responsible for long-term civilian and
military aerospace research
and research focused on better understanding Earth, the solar
systems and the universe beyond. For more information, go to www.nasa.gov.
I. Introduction and Overview
In a continuing effort to recognize outstanding contributions by
K-12 educators and District level personnel in the field of
Educational Technology, the Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) in
partnership with the Space Foundation and NASA, is pleased to
present the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award. The Award
recognizes outstanding contributions made by technology personnel or
classroom teachers to technology education. The Alan Shepard
Technology in Education Award rewards excellence in the development
and delivery of technology programs. Programs which focus on
aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given priority to other
programs. Applicants must demonstrate how their programs ultimately
benefit the students in a school or district.
II. Eligibility and the Award
The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award is open to all K-12
school or district level educators from across the nation. The Award
will be presented by AMF, the Space Foundation and NASA at the 30th
National Space Symposium (May 19 – 22, 2014) in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. The winner will be flown to Colorado Springs, where hotel
accommodations will be provided. The winner will receive a
commemorative trophy with his or her name engraved and a monetary
award of $1,000. In addition, the Award winner's name will be placed
on a plaque honoring past recipients that is housed in the Center
for Space Education at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The candidate must be nominated by the school's principal. An
associate superintendent or superintendent must nominate all
district level personnel.
III. The Review Process
Applications will be reviewed in two stages. During the first stage,
applications will be reviewed by AMF staff to select finalists for
the Award. Each application will have multiple readers and will be
evaluated according to how well the application addresses the
In the second stage, the Selection Committee will review and
evaluate the finalists and select a winner based on the Selection
IV. Selection Criteria
A Selection Committee of nationally respected leaders will select a
winner based on the following categories.
Applicants must respond to all four categories. Each category will
be worth 25 points, for a total of 100 cumulative points. The
applicant who scores the most points will be the Alan Shepard
Technology in Education Award Winner.
1. Innovation: 25 Points
Are your programs innovative?
Innovative and imaginative programs should showcase creative
solutions to new or old problems. Applicants should implement
effective “out-of-the-box” programs to their school and/or district.
2. Excellence: 25 Points
What are the results of your programs and why are they considered
Programs should produce a tangible result that emanates excellence.
The applicant must also demonstrate how their programs ultimately
benefit the students in a school or district.
3. Program Type: 25 Points
Does your program deal with aerospace and/or aeronautics?
Programs which focus on aerospace and/or aeronautics will be given
priority to other programs.
4. Future Consideration: 25 Points
What are your plans for the future to continue your programs?
The Alan Shepard Award recognizes what you have done in the past
year, but plans to continue or expand your current programs are also
Only mailed applications accepted:
submissions for the 2014 award must be postmarked no later than
February 3, 2014.
The winner will be announced on this site
Please submit the following:
1. An Award
The Application has three sections.
a. Entry Form
b. Demographic Profile sheet
c. Check List (to reference and assist you in
compiling your application).
2. An abstract of the key elements of the program (one page).
3. A clear description and explanation of the program or service and
its outcomes for which you are seeking the Award (three pages).
4. Published curriculum material, software, photographs, etc. may
also be included.
Thank you for your interest in the Alan Shepard Technology in
Education Award. If you have questions, please contact The
Astronauts Memorial Foundation, by phone 321-452-2887, by FAX
321-452-6244, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.