Space Exploration Educators Conference
Feb. 7-9, 2019
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.
Ask an astronaut
During our Feb. 1 SEEC keynote, Space Center Houston along with STEM on Station, a NASA Education activity, hosted an International Space Station (ISS) video conference allowing attendees to speak with astronaut educators.
The Year of Education on Station is a NASA program connecting teachers and astronauts with the scientific topics happening aboard the ISS. This gathering of astronauts and teachers will provide a unique opportunity to link our current explorers with the individuals responsible for the education and inspiration of our future travelers to Mars and beyond.
The Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award
Space Center Houston honored an exceptional teacher with the prestigious Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award for her significant achievements in space science education.
Jennifer Cheesman, a sixth-grade science teacher at Zuni Hills Elementary School, received the award during the 24th Space Exploration Educators Conference. Cheesman earned the award for her dedication to overcoming barriers and commitment to putting her students first in her 22-year-career. Click here to learn more.
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.
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 email the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Dec. 11.
Tell your community you attended SEEC
Share your participation in the 24th 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.
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.