Guest Post: Expert/educator program to launch at SEEC 2019

Each year, the Space Exploration Educators Conference brings together teachers from all around the globe to exchange instructional strategies, learn from inspiring keynote speakers, and take part in behind-the-scenes NASA tours.

Last year a record breaking number of teachers participated in sessions covering a wide range of subjects including science, math, technology, humanities and the arts. This year we've broken our SEEC attendance record again with over 550 educators from 39 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and seven countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and South Africa.

The theme of the 2019 conference is “Small Steps, Expanding Frontiers” where we will acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Utilizing the power of space exploration, we inspire teachers to build on these first steps, expanding their frontiers and those of their students.

To further expand these frontiers, we are pleased to announce the Expert/Educator program. This program pairs Space Exploration Educator Crew members, exemplary teachers who were selected from around the US, Mexico and Canada, with aerospace field experts.

The experts will provide the current content in their field, and the educators will develop innovative lessons and activities for the classroom. This pairing will provide a mechanism to interpret and share the latest research and development in space exploration with the educators of our future explorers.

In February, 20 Expert/Educator pairs will be presenting sessions at SEEC.

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About the author

Before joining the Space Center Houston team in 2017 as an education manager, Friello taught physics at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. and a Master of Science from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Following a long career as a research scientist, she became a teacher for Baltimore City Schools. She is a Master Educator and Education Ambassador for NASA and the American Institute for Physics. Friello is also a two-time Texas Space Consortium Lift Off participant.

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