Space Exploration Educators Conference
Feb. 6-8, 2020
Experience three days of complete immersion into an out-of-this-world adventure at the Space Exploration Educator's Conference. 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, math, 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.
Call for 2020 SEEC presenter proposals
Space Center Houston invites you to submit a proposal to present a session at SEEC Feb. 6-8, 2020. The deadline to submit proposals is Sept. 6, 2019.
SEEC 2020 is inviting presentations which are innovative, content driven, related to space exploration, and include a hands on component. In response to requests, we also encourage sessions for high school educators, those integrating math, and tips on grant writing. Sessions related 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.
Also requested by participants were additional sessions. To accommodate this request, sessions may now be 45 minutes, 90 minutes, or presenters may request a double session, which is 180 minutes. 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.
If you have presented at SEEC for more than two years in a row, we ask that you please submit a new session for this conference. Sessions which have been presented for multiple years will not be accepted.
Proposals submitted after Sept. 6 will be reviewed only if space becomes available.
Registration and travel
Accepted proposals are eligible for up to two discounted registrations to the conference. The lead presenter and co-presenter must be listed on the application in order to receive the two discounted presenter registration tickets.
Space Center Houston does not cover travel costs to the conference. Presenters are responsible for all cost associated with presenting their sessions.
Questions can be submitted to SEEC@spacecenter.org.
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.
Tell your community you attended SEEC
Share your participation in the 25th 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. Click here to download the editable file.
Join the conversation
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SEEC 2019 highlights
Keynote presentation with Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator and planetary scientist.
Immersive session teaching educators how to utilize and implement lasers in classroom activities and lessons.
Behind-the-scenes tour where educators explored iconic NASA locations like the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.
The Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award
Space Center Houston honored an exceptional teacher with the prestigious Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award for his significant achievements in space science education. Michael Wilkinson, a fourth-sixth grade math teacher from New York, received the award during the 25th Space Exploration Educators Conference.
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.