Space Exploration Educators Conference
Virtual Conference Feb. 4-6, 2021
Perseverance Through Innovation
From Apollo 13 to launching the next Mars Rover, NASA is no stranger to innovating under pressure. The struggles we have all faced in 2020 have forced us to adapt in ways we never imagined. At Space Center Houston, we are persevering through the use of innovation this year with a completely redesigned Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC). This immersive and flexible experience is being offered as 100% virtual.
Experts & Educators
Hear from inspiring speakers during our daily keynotes. Participate in curated sessions from educators and NASA experts and interact with other global teachers to learn and grow together. Network in our virtual lounges to make valuable connections.
Embark on virtual tours of Space Center Houston exhibits and artifacts. Learn about our new, twice-flown SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Independence Plaza and our historic shuttle carrier aircraft, Apollo Mission Control Center and more.
SEEC 2021 conference admission provides unique value this year with yearlong access to all of the keynotes, sessions and tours. Watch as many sessions as you like on demand for an entire year.
This conference is for Kindergarten to 12th grade formal and informal educators of all subjects. 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, 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.
Call for 2021 SEEC presenter proposals
Space Center Houston invites you to submit a proposal to present a session at SEEC Feb. 4-6, 2021. The deadline to submit a proposal is Sept. 6, 2020. Proposals submitted after Sept. 6, 2020 will be reviewed only if space becomes available. Click here to review the requirements, learn more, and submit your proposal.
Questions can be submitted to SEEC@spacecenter.org.
Letter to administrators
Help demonstrate the value of SEEC to your administrators with a letter from Space Center Houston education manager Phyllis Friello. The letter explains the cost and benefits of this exceptional experience.
Due to generous donations we are able to offer hundreds of scholarships for SEEC 2021. The scholarship will cover the registration fee for the SEEC 2021 conference. Due to the high demand of this program, scholarships will be awarded based on the impact attending the conference will have on the applicant and their organization.
Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award
Every year Space Center Houston honors an exceptional teacher with the prestigious Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award for their significant achievements in space science education.
The award is named after Cherri Brinley, a fourteen year SEEC veteran, who 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. She had an infectious spirit 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 herd” 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 Brinley reaching for the Moon and beyond.
If you know an outstanding educator that will be in attendance at SEEC, nominate them for the Cherri Brinely Outstanding Educator Award. This award is open to all teachers, administrators, school board members, and informal educators. Nominations must be received by Jan. 17, 2021. Late nominations will not be considered. The award recipient will be announced at the conference virtual banquet on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Recipient must be present at the event.
Space Exploration Educator Crew
Space Center Houston is excited to extend the outreach of the Space Exploration Educator Conference by adding a teacher leadership component called the Space Exploration Educator Crew program. Thirty‐six K‐12 teachers from across the country were accepted into this exceptional program and will collaborate in six regional 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. Click here to learn more about the Space Exploration Educator Crew.
To apply to be a member of the Space Exploration Educator Crew, fill out the Space Educator Expedition Crew Program form and submit no later than Dec. 11.
Tell your community you attended SEEC
Share your participation in the 27th Space Exploration Educators Conference in a hometown news release. This sample news release may be used to notify your local media of your attendance at SEEC. It contains general information about the conference and a customizable quote for you to include your personal experiences. During media interviews, speak in a unified voice using Space Center Houston’s SEEC key messages.
Join the conversation
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 #SEEC2021. 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.
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SEEC 2020 highlights
Sessions, tours, and presentations
Educators from across the world joined us for inspiring keynote presentations, interactive sessions and engaging tours at the 26th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference in February.
The Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award
Space Center Houston honored Sharon Eggleston with the prestigious Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award for her significant achievements in space science education. Eggleston, a former project manager at Lockheed Martin from Brunswick, Maine, received the award during the 26th Space Exploration Educators Conference.
Eggleson first introduced space exploration programs in her local community in the late 1990s, including Space Day Maine, an education initiative dedicated to increasing students’ awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by providing an opportunity to learn from science and space experts. The program brings together more than 40 presenters to teach more than five thousand students around the United States and Canada. Her career also includes serving as a professor at Southern New Hampshire University and as chairperson of the Maine STEM Council, leading a pilot program for middle and high school students that borrows curriculum from NASA’s Astrobiology Program.