Barbara Sprungman-David

Barbara (Sprungman) David is a space science education specialist and a space journalist. She earned her elementary school teaching credentials from the innovative program at University of California at Santa Cruz, and has taught elementary and pre-school, as well as alternative high school. Barbara is an experienced curriculum writer dedicated to the topics of space, astronomy and Earth sciences. She has authored or co-authored science curriculum units and lesson plans funded by Virgin Galactic about SpaceShipTwo, IMAX, NASA, National Science Foundation, National Science Teachers Association, The Discovery Channel, USA TODAY and the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. She has also provided space education resources for educators including for the Coalition for Space Exploration's online Education Station. She was inspired to pursue space and astronomy education endeavors by viewing the planets, stars and the Moon through a telescope for the first time in the mid 1980's. Barbara grew up in San Diego, and lived in Washington, DC for 13 years, before moving to Boulder, Colorado in 2001 with her space journalist husband Leonard David. They co-authored a supplemental reading book on space for Newbridge Educational Publishing called Extreme Flight: Rocket Science. She has also published curriculum units and articles under her former name, Barbara Sprungman. With Lonnie Schorer, she co-authored the publication Kids to Space Mission Plans: An Educator's Guide, a collection of lesson plans related to space topics for grades 5th through 8th published by Apogee Books in 2008. (See Lonnie's interview which aired on May 19, 2006 and is archived on The Space Show website about the book she authored in 2006, Kids to Space: A Space Explorer's Guide, containing thousand of kids' questions and answers about space exploration and astronomy which inspired the educator's guide at - Barbara also recently had a small contract with SpaceX to provide ideas for their space education endeavors. For Virgin Galactic, she created lesson plans on SpaceShipTwo's test flight milestones in spring of 2013. They are available at this link - You can send email to her at

Broadcast 2048 (Special Edition)

Guests: Lynne Zielinski, Christine Nobbe, Barbara David, Dr. John Jurist. Topics: Space and STEM Education Outreach. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 579 (Special Edition)

Hello to anyone listening out there and Space Show listeners. I'm the host of The Space Show, Dr. David Livingston, and The Space Show is now bringing you another Deep Space Message. This message comes to you from Leonard and Barbara David of Colorado. Leonard and Barbara, on behalf of The Space Show, we appreciate your participating in our Deep Space Program. Dr. David Livingston, Host The Space Show Deep Space Message – From Leonard and Barbara David Hello out there from over here… Glad we caught your ear or antenna or any other bio-audio device you’ve got plugged in.

Broadcast 1057 (Special Edition)

Guests: Leonard David was the guest for three segments of our program, followed by Barbara David joining us for the last segment. We did much forward-looking during this show given the changes taking place in government, the economy, and the space community. We talked about the incoming administration and what it might mean for space, the Space Coast of Florida, and its commitment to human space flight, the economy, viewing the Space Shuttle, and much more. Leonard reported on the recent Lunar Lander Challenge and Armadillo Aerospace at the X-Prize in Las Cruces, NM.

Broadcast 1005 (Special Edition)

Guests: Lonnie Schorer and Barbara Sprungman David were the guests for this Space Show program. We focused on their new book, "Kids To Space Mission Plans: An Educator's Guide" published by Apogee Books. We talked about the structure of the book, the contents and much of the specialized material in the book, which makes it desirable for teachers to use, school boards to adopt, kids to love, and parents to demand. See if you agree after listening to this comprehensive discussion.

Broadcast 962 (Special Edition)

Guest: Barbara Sprungman David was the guest for this Space Show program to discuss her new book, "Kids To Space: Mission Plans, An Educator's Guide." Barbara co-authored this book with Lonnie Schorer and this book is a follow-on to Lonnie's earlier book "Kids To Space: A Space Traveler's Guide." Please listen to the earlier Space Show with Lonnie from May 19, 2006 located at: .

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