Educators Conference

29TH ANNUAL

Space Exploration Educators Conference

Feb. 9-11, 2023

Breaking Barriers with the Artemis Generation

NASA is leading the next steps to return humans to the Moon. NASA’s Artemis program will apply the lessons learned from past missions and take the next giant leap: sending the first woman and the first person of color on the surface of the Moon. Just as NASA is breaking barriers, Space Center Houston is helping educators break barriers with students to reach new STEM achievements. Dedicated to empowering educators with a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and ready-to- implement classroom activities, Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC) provides educators with the latest teaching tools and interprets what’s happening now in science and human space exploration. Space Center Houston offers educators of all disciplines from formal and informal education a three-day authentic learning experience based in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

A one-of-a-kind education conference

  • Hear from inspiring speakers during our daily keynotes.
  • Participate in curated sessions from educators and NASA experts while interacting with other teachers to learn and grow together.
  • Network and make valuable connections with presenters and fellow stellar educators who share your professional passion.
  • Take back innovative and immersive lessons for all grade levels.
  • Embark on tours to explore iconic Space Center Houston exhibits and historic NASAlocations.
  • Watch as many sessions as you like on demand for an entire year.
  • Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing education credit.

On-site Attendees

Engage in a wide variety of STEM-based sessions led by SEEC educators and aerospace professionals. Participate in special on-site sessions and events. Network with other educators at a complimentary lunch each day as well as a banquet on Friday night.

Virtual Attendees

View a wide variety of STEM-based sessions as well as our keynote and panel presentations, led by SEEC educators, aerospace professionals, and special guests. Watch as many sessions as you like on demand for an entire year.

On-Demand Content

Both virtual and on-site SEEC 2022 conference admission provides yearlong access to all the keynotes, recorded sessions, and recorded tours. Download supplemental sessions resources and files to accompany select sessions.

Call for 2023 SEEC presenter proposals

Space Center Houston is inviting innovative content driven presentations tied to space exploration which include a hands-on component. In response to your requests, we also encourage cross curricular content sessions for high school educators and those integrating math. Sessions tied to current NASA missions are also preferred.

Over the years, many SEEC participants have made extraordinary contacts throughout the space exploration field. We encourage educators to team with these resources and consider co-presenting sessions. Highly desirable presentations will have a combination of a space professional and an educator. These expert/educator combinations will provide authentic learning experiences for all participants.

Sessions should be interactive, engaging and use hands-on activities. Sessions must incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) concepts that can be implemented in an educational setting. STEM-based sessions with art integration are also welcome. Presenters who represent organizations may not promote the sale of their companies’ products.

Proposals submitted after Sept. 18, 2022 will be reviewed only if space is available. 

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.

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, 2022. Late nominations will not be considered. The award recipient will be announced at the conference virtual banquet on Friday. Recipient must be present at the event.

2022 Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award Winner

Christine Graham, a 6th grade teacher at Cockrill Middle School in McKinney, Texas, was honored with the distinguished Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award at the 28th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC). With 22 years of educational experience and 19 years at SEEC, Graham is a life-long learner, science advocate, and educator. Graham is the true embodiment of this award.

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.

SEEC 2022 Highlights

Educators from across the world joined us for inspiring keynote presentations, interactive sessions and engaging virtual tours at the 28th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference.

Join the Conversation

Please follow Space Center Houston on social media 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 #SEEC2023. 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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