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Three Area Teachers Selected for Prestigious Cosmosphere Fellowship


HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Three Hutchinson and Buhler teachers have been selected for Cosmosphere’s 2023 LaunchLearning Fellowship, an honor which comes with over $800 in free resources teachers can share with their school and district. The 2023 class of LaunchLearning Fellows includes Allison Craig, a math teacher at Hutchinson High School, Erica Shook with USD 313’s Ad Astra Academies, and Tiffany Pacey with McCandless Leadership Academy.

Fellows were chosen following a competitive selection process. Teachers selected demonstrate outstanding commitment to excellence in STEM education. The Cosmosphere welcomes the new class of Fellows for their first in-person professional development day on Friday, February 17.

Throughout the year, Fellows will receive extensive training on how to bring the excitement of space science and space exploration into their classrooms through in-person meetings with Astronauts and leaders of the space industry, a Fellowship Summer Camp experience that inspires educators’ creativity and leadership in STEM education, and monthly strategy sessions to dig deep into a STEM topic, share best practices, and meet space science subject matter experts.

LaunchLearning Fellows also have access to a variety of benefits at no charge, including professional development through Cosmosphere’s LaunchTeaching program and standards-based lessons and activities to support STEM learning on Cosmosphere’s LaunchLearning platform.

To learn more, contact JoAnna Strecker, Cosmosphere’s vice president of education, at [email protected].

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The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS, its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater, offering daily documentary showings, a digital Planetarium, Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations, and CosmoKids, an interactive STEM area for children accompanied by an adult.