MindSpark Learning believes that education is the greatest and most foundational problem-solving mechanism that exists in society. MindSpark programs deliver extraordinary professional learning experiences for educators, the community, and industry partners who then take their new skills back to the classroom and beyond. The STAR HARBOR Education Foundation mission is to “advance the space industry through the inspiration, education, and cultivation of the next generation technical workforce.” This is accomplished by developing innovative workforce development programming serving a continuum spanning K-12 through postgraduate education including the STAR HARBOR Academy, the world’s first immersive and fully comprehensive public spaceflight training campus and cutting-edge research and development for emerging technologies in the space industry.
To raise awareness and deliver awareness and training for grades 6-14, as well as teacher development, both organizations are partnering with Gateway Global American Youth & Business Alliance Academies, an innovative model that is currently the only organization in the U.S. accredited to train and credential in GEOINT (Geospatial Intelligence) at the high school level. To accomplish this, the solution is to scale this innovative program beginning with a pre-apprenticeship program to apprenticeship delivering industry-recognized credentials with participating pilot K-12 schools.