Space Center Houston’s Educators Conference Provides a Deeper Look at the Future of Space Exploration

Release Date:  Feb. 8, 2017


More than 500 educators from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan will delve into hands-on learning experiences with rocket scientists, astronauts and renowned educators and an extraordinary art exhibit will come to life at Space Center Houston’s 23rd Space Exploration Educators Conference this Thursday through Saturday.

The three-day STEM-focused conference is for all educators teaching kindergarten through 12th grades and not just for science teachers. The latest classroom techniques bring exciting immersive activities to life in dynamic workshops, including three keynote sessions:

  • “Scientists are Artists too! – Engaging Students in Different Mediums” presented by astronaut and artist Nicole Stott, describes how important the creative mind is to scientific thought;
  • Succeed like an Astronaut,” presented by astronaut Leroy Chiao, explores the importance of dreams and having the courage to pursue them;
  • “The James Webb Telescope: Our New Eyes in Space” presented by Dr. Matthew Greenhouse, discusses the advanced telescope that will replace the Hubble Space Telescope and what we will learn from it.

Throughout the conference, artist Kiel Johnson will design and build an extraordinary art exhibit using ordinary items such as cardboard and paint. Watch this exhibit come to life as educators and visitors build their own creations.


Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058


Space Exploration Educators Conference is Feb. 9-10, 2017

Photo Op times:

Feb. 9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Feb. 10, 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Best photo ops:

  • Watch visitors design, build and fly their own spacecraft as a part of the Space Center Houston Star Fleet exhibit.
  • Watch educators manipulate spacesuit gloves and engineer Mars rovers with littleBits.
  • See educators build a spectroscope using LEDs and copper tape to wire Darth Vader’s light saber.
  • Watch educators design an expedition patch and create a spray-painted mural of the solar system.
  • See educators making connections with space experts, scientists and astronauts. 

Possible Interviews:

  • Feb. 9: Astronaut Nicole Stott and astronaut Leroy Chiao
  • Feb. 10: Dr. Matthew Greenhouse, James Webb Space Telescope, Senior Staff Project Scientist
  • Feb. 9-10: Interview educators from the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan.
  • Hear Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston’s education director, speak about how we are engaging students and teachers from around the world in STEM learning.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1 million visitors annually, was called “The Big Draw” by USA Today and generates a $73 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is Houston’s first and only Smithsonian Affiliate and the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center. More than 100,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to take part in extraordinary learning opportunities. For more information, go to

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