...recipient of the Space Foundation's Dr. Catherine Pedretty Space Scholarship for Teachers. The scholarship will pay for her to travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, this summer and participate in one of the Space Foundation's Space Across the Curriculum courses.
The scholarship covers travel, meals, lodging, full tuition and fees for her to attend any one of the Space Foundation's annual teacher professional development courses. These week-long courses are designed to help teachers use space themes in their classrooms to improve student performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as other subject areas. Lightner plans to use the scholarship to attend Meteorology and Space Weather. In her application, Lightner wrote that she teaches Earth space science in one of the poorest communities, in one of the least funded school districts in the state of Florida.
About the Space Foundation Meteorology and Space Weather course she selected, she wrote, "This course would be perfect for my students because it would teach me hands-on ways to engage my students in the latest technology for predicting weather. This course would also allow me to make the science of meteorology personal by allowing them to explore ways in which they can make their own observations and predictions on future weather patterns."