Space Exploration Educators Conference
Feb. 4-6, 2021
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.
Letter to administrators
Help demonstrate the value of SEEC to your administrators with a letter form Space Center Houston education manager Phyllis Friello. The letter explains the cost and benefits of this exceptional experience. Click here to download the letter.
Tell your community you attended SEEC
Share your participation in the 26th 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. During media interviews, speak in a unified voice using Space Center Houston’s SEEC key messages. Download SEEC key messages and talking points.
Cherri Brinely 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.
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 Nov. 30.
Join the conversation
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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.
SEEC hotel options
Holiday Inn Express/Webster
900 Rogers Ct. Webster, Texas 7759
Free hot full breakfast buffet
King bed & double bed-$89
King & double suites-$99
Booking: call hotel directly and ask for Alicia Castillo (mention block – SEEC)
Holiday Inn Suites Webster/NASA
302 W. Bay Area Blvd. Webster, Texas 77598
Free full breakfast buffet
Oversized two queen beds-$99 +tax
Oversized king standard-$99 +tax
King executive w/sleeper sofa-$119 +tax
King/two queen suites-$149 +tax
Booking: call hotel directly
Springhill Suites - Houston NASA/Webster
1101 Magnolia Ave. Webster, Texas 77598
Free hot breakfast buffet
400 square feet $119 (single/double occupancy)
Booking: call hotel directly and ask for SEEC 2020 rate
Home2 Suites by Hilton Houston Webster
600 W Texas Ave., Webster TX 77598
Single rooms include one king bed-$107
Queen rooms include two queen beds-$114
Booking: call hotel directly or use booking link: http://group.home2suites.com/Seec2010
Hilton Garden Inn Houston/Clear Lake NASA
750 W. Texas Ave
Cook to order breakfast
Standard king bed room $110 +tax
Two queen bed room $115 +tax
Booking: call hotel directly and ask for SEEC block
Hampton Inn & Suites
506 W. Bay Area Blvd. Webster, Texas 77598
Free hot/cold buffet
Kings & double queens-$98 +tax
Booking: call hotel directly
Due to generous donations from various organizations we are able to offer scholarships for SEEC 2020. The scholarship will cover the registration fee for the SEEC 2020 conference. To apply, complete the scholarship application form. 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. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 13 to be considered. Selected applicants will be notified via email by Nov. 22 if they are selected. All applications that are not selected will be kept on file and contacted in the case of cancellations.