Media Invited to 27th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference


Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Mather, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist will give a talk on the history of the universe.

Keynote NASA astronaut Kjell N. Lindgren

Keynote Speakers, (left to right) former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman, Chief Data Scientist, Americas, Intel Corporation Melvin Greer, author Andy Weir and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. John Mather

Release date: Feb. 1, 2021

Media RSVP: Email Meridyth Moore at

What: Media are invited to virtually attend the 27th annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, supported by Intel, Feb. 4-6, 2021. The immersive educators conference is 100 percent virtual, connecting educators from 26 countries including Mexico, India, South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others. Educators will hear from astronauts, scientists and engineers working on exciting endeavors like the International Space Station, explorations of Mars and the planets beyond. The conference provides educators flexible virtual learning experiences with sessions led by industry experts, virtual tours, new virtual networking lounges and access to yearlong on-demand content and tours.

Attend virtual sessions and witness a three-day immersive, authentic learning experience about the future of space exploration. Space Center Houston’s SEEC is dedicated to empowering educators with a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and ready-to-implement classroom activities, providing educators with the latest teaching tools to interpret what’s happening now in science and human space exploration. For more information, visit

When: Media may come and go in virtual sessions Feb. 4-5.

Session highlights to attend:

Thursday, Feb. 4

  • 8:15-9:15 a.m. – NASA Keynote astronaut Kjell N. Lindgren
  • 9:45-11:15 a.m. – NASA Rover Padlet Blended Engineering Lab, NASA Education Coordinator John Wilson will walk you through the engineering design process to build a rover.
  • 10-10:30 a.m. – Virtual Media Lounge: Interview Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston education vice president
  • 10:35-11 a.m. – Virtual Media Lounge: Interview Educator TBD
  • 11-11:15 a.m. – Virtual Media Lounge: Interview Educator TBD
  • 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. – Panel: Perseverance Innovators, hear from experts working on the Mars Perseverance Rover from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Learn about the innovative technology behind the newest Mars rover set to land on Mars Feb. 18.
  • 12:45-2:15 p.m. – Buoyancy and Beyond: Connecting the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory to the classroom, hear from expert educators and scientists about how astronauts train in a weightless environment to prepare for working on the International Space Station. A live video link is planned to go inside the NBL with an expert diver who works at the NBL.

Friday, Feb. 5

  • 8-9 a.m. – Keynote Speaker, Dr. John Mather, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist will give a talk on the history of the universe.
  • 9:15-10:45 a.m. – If Only It Was This Easy to Build a NASA Rocket, educators will learn about future missions to the Moon and NASA’s Artemis Program. Participants will build their own Space Launch System rocket.
  • 11-11:30 a.m. – Virtual Media Lounge: Daniel Newmyer, Space Center Houston education vice president
  • 11:30-11:45 a.m. – Virtual Media Lounge: Interview Educator TBD
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Panel: Innovation Artemis, hear from NASA experts working in the Artemis Program supporting future missions to the Moon. Join Dr. Kathleen Boggs, Capability Integration Strategy Lead in Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate from NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; Erika Alvarez, Systems Engineering and Integration Manager for Artemis Advanced Exploration System from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and Kelsey Young, Planetary Geologist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

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The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration 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 1.25 million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $118.7 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience the educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to

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