News Release

The Boeing Company Generously Supports Space Center Houston to Empower Teachers and Inspire Students

HOUSTON, Nov. 1, 2016 – Committed to empowering teachers with strategies and tools to inspire the next generation of explorers, The Boeing Company has made a generous grant to the nonprofit Space Center Houston to launch an exciting new program for educators this fall.



“This contribution brings together two leading organizations to provide exceptional professional development opportunities for teachers,” said the center’s President and CEO William T. Harris. “We are very thankful to The Boeing Company and its visionary leadership for helping us to energize and inform teachers who are crucial to the success of a student’s foundation and future.”

A generous grant from Boeing will fund the initiative which is built on the success of Space Center Houston’s annual Space Exploration Educators Conference. The program establishes six regional Space Exploration Expedition Crews of six kindergarden-12th grade teachers each from across the U.S. The teams are modeled after the cross-cultural collaboration among the expedition crews aboard the International Space Station.

“This grant fulfills Boeing’s focus of supporting educators to inspire and prepare students to pursue careers in science, technology, math and engineering,” said John Elbon, Boeing vice president and general manager, Space Exploration. “We want to open the minds of students to the wonders of space exploration.”

Boeing is helping to shape the “Path to Mars” and leveraging more than 60 years of experience with the U.S. space program to help shape the future of human spaceflight with innovative, affordable products and solutions.

Leading up to SEEC, scheduled Feb. 9-11, the teacher crews will work in training sessions to create inspiring curricula and activities for students and communities using space-themed resources. Space Center Houston will share the resources with attendees at SEEC via educational symposium sessions. With the support of the grant, 36 teachers will receive free tuition to SEEC and allow the science and space learning center to provide tools and resources for teachers across the country.

More than 400 educators across all disciplines will convene from around the world to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics. Through interactive sessions, educators will engage with innovative scientists and engineers working on the ISS and NASA’s deep-space exploration missions. A multitude of cross-curriculum ideas will be presented through immersive activities. The center encourages SEEC alumni to continue collaborating beyond the conference through social media groups and online two-way learning platforms that encourage multi-regional partnerships.

For more information about the educator’s conference, visit www.spacecenterseec.org or contact SEEC@spacecenter.org or +1 (281) 244-2149. Teachers interested in the Space Exploration Expedition Crews should contact the Education Department at +1 (281) 244-2132. For more information about Space Center Houston, visit www.spacecenter.org.

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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 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 www.spacecenter.org.

The Boeing Company in 2016 is celebrating 100 years of aviation accomplishments and launched its second century as an innovative aerospace technology and capabilities provider and community partner. Through purposeful investments, Boeing and its employees support innovative partnerships and programs that create value and help build better communities worldwide. This includes improving access to globally competitive learning, workforce and skills development, sustaining the environment and supporting veterans. In 2015, Boeing and its employees contributed more than $190 million to improve communities across the globe.

SOURCE: Manned Space Flight Education Foundation

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