Educators Conference


23rd Annual

Space Exploration Educators Conference

Feb. 9-11, 2017

Experience three days of complete immersion into the out-of-this world adventure of space exploration!

This conference is for grades kindergarten to 12th – and not just for science teachers! Space Center Houston strives to use space to teach across the curriculum. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history, and more.

Attend sessions hosted by the actual scientists and engineers working on exciting endeavors like the International Space Station and explorations of Mars and the planets beyond. Hear from the astronauts leading the charge in exploration! Come learn about the bold vision to send humans back to the Moon and off to Mars! Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready to implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun. Network with fellow educators, take back a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and activities and earn 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.


Regular registration $324.95
Presenter registration $109.95

Online conference registration is now closed. Please register onsite at the conference help desk. Send any questions regarding registration to

General Agenda

Click here to download the SEEC 2017 information guide.

2-5 p.m. Early bird check-in
Tour our new Mission Mars Exhibit
7:15 a.m. Check-in begins
7:45 a.m. SEEC 101 (A must for all new attendees to SEEC) in the Mission Briefing Center.
8:30 a.m. Welcome address and keynote (Space Center Theater) – Engaging Students with Science and Art panel – Astronaut Nicole Stott moderator
10-11:30 a.m. First session (90 min)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch buffet in Astronaut Gallery
12:45-2:15 p.m. Second session (90 min)
2:45-4:15 p.m. Third session (90 min)
4:45-5:30 p.m. Keynote- Astronaut Leroy Chiao
5:30 p.m. Those staying for Epicurean will go to the Mission Briefing Center for a pre-Epicurean Entertainment.
6:30-9:30 p.m. “A Taste of Space” Epicurean Event (Optional fee) (bus will run hotel loops)
7:15 a.m. Check-in
8-9 a.m. Keynote address (Space Center Theater) – Matt Greenhouse, James Webb Telescope Senior Staff Project Scientist
9-10 a.m. NASA and vendor booths
10-11:30 a.m. First session (90 min)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch buffet in Astronaut Gallery / NASA and vendor booths
12:45-2:15 p.m. Second session (90 min)
2:45-4:15 p.m. Third session (90 min)
4:45 p.m. Dismiss (bus run begins)
7:15-11:30 p.m. Banquet (featuring the band Rocket Town)
7:30 a.m. Doors open
8:30-10 a.m. First session (90 min)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Second session (90 min)
12-1 p.m. Lunch buffet in Astronaut Gallery
1-2:30 p.m. Third session (90 min)
2:45-3:45 p.m. Keynote address (Space Center Theater) – Humans and Robots
3:45-4 p.m. Door prizes and farewell
4 p.m. Dismiss, pick up certificates in Zero-G Diner
4:30 p.m. Conference help desk closes 7 p.m. Space Center Houston closes


Hear from a host of experts including real scientists, engineers, astronauts and educators during SEEC sessions. Connect to STEM fields and space exploration with hands-on activities created to inspire ideas and stimulate growth. Review and sign up for Thursday, Friday and Saturday sessions below.

Please note that in order to sign up for SEEC sessions, you must have already registered for SEEC, and you must login using the email address and password created when you registered for SEEC. After registering for SEEC, please allow 24 hours to process your registration before signing up for sessions.

Online session selection is currently closed. To select your sessions print the session selection sheet and e-mail your session choices to Make sure to list your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choices in case a session is full.

Space Educator Expedition Crew Program

Space Center Houston is excited to extend the outreach of the Space Educator Conference by adding a teacher leadership component called the Space Educator Expedition Crew Program. Thirty‐six K‐12 teachers from across the country will be accepted into this exceptional program and will collaborate in six regional Educator Expedition Crews to develop teacher leadership skills and STEM based learning experiences. It is our goal to empower teachers to build leadership competencies by creating innovative STEM programs for their students, schools and communities.

Hotel Options

Marriott Springhill Suites
1101 Magnolia Ave.
Webster, Texas 77598
$115 King suite or double queen suites
Hot breakfast buffet, complimentary WiFi

Hampton Inn & Suites
506 W. Bay Area Blvd.
Webster, Texas 77598
$104 King and Double Queen Standards
Hot breakfast and complimentary Wifi

Holiday Inn Express
900 Roger Ct.
Webster, Texas 77598
281-316-9750 (Ask for Sonia Garza)
$89 Standard double or king
Breakfast buffett, fitness center, compimentary WiFi

Hilton Garden Inn
750 West Texas Avenue
Webster, Texas 77598
$109 rate and includes our cooked to order breakfast daily
Free breakfast, complimentary WiFi, pool, fitness center, 24 hour business center

Holiday Inn Webster
302 West Bay Area Blvd.
Webster, Texas 77598
$99 rate 2 queens
Free full hot breakfast, complimentary Wi-Fi, indoor pool
Group code SEC

Comfort Suites
16931 North Texas Avenue
Webster, Texas 77598
281-554-5400 (ask for SEEC rate)
$89 King suite
$99 Double queen suite
Complimentary hot breakfast buffet

* To reserve your room contact the hotels directly

Best Western
889 West Bay Are Blvd.
Webster, Texas 77598
281-338-6000 (ask for Monica Peña)
$79 Standard double full
$69 Standard king
Free hot breakfast, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool

Staybridge Suites
501 West Texas Avenue
Webster, Texas 77598
$129 Studio Suites
$135 1 bedroom suites
$159 2 bedroom suites
Free hot breakfast with omelet station, resort style pool

* To reserve your room contact the hotels directly

The Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award

Nominate an outstanding teacher for the annual Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award. Ms. Brinley, a fourteen year SEEC veteran, shared her passion for Space Science and inspired a multitude of educators and students around the nation. She was an outstanding educator who touched the lives of everyone that knew her. Cherri had an infectious sprit that drove everyone around her to do their personal best and to strive for greatness. Always looking for ways to inspire her students and fellow teachers, she led many groups of her students affectionately known as the “Nerd Heard” allowing them to become the teachers and lead others during sessions. Ms. Brinley attended SEEC and many other Space Center Houston Educational events for many years. During her illness she always maintained the same positive outlook and spirit that made her such an inspiration to us all.

The Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award was created to honor her and allow other teachers who have the same drive and inherent spirit which always kept Cherri reaching for the Moon and beyond.

Nominate your “Hero” teacher today!

Please email the completed nomination to Nominations must be received by Jan. 27, 2017. Late nominations will not be considered. The award recipient will be announced at the conference banquet on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.

Want to attend SEEC?

Would you like to attend SEEC but are unsure how to convince your administrator? Here is a letter to help you in your efforts. This letter provides your administrator information on why they should send you to SEEC. Good luck!

Stay in touch

Please follow Space Center Houston on Facebook to get updates about the center and SEEC. To collaborate and discuss SEEC with other educators, join the SEEC Facebook group or tag your posts with #SEECspace. We hope to create an interactive forum of discussion, frequently asked questions and a way for all participants to maintain a relationship throughout the entire year.



Attention all international attendees
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you must fill out a JSC Security Form in order to attend NASA tours. Please complete the form and email it to or fax it to +1 281-283-7724.