Space Center Houston Fuels Educators for the Next Giant Leap

By: Press Release
| Published 12/29/2019

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Educators from the United States and around the world will gather for an unforgettable, hands-on learning experience with NASA experts and leading educators at Space Center Houston’s 26th Space Exploration Educators Conference (SEEC), Feb. 6-8.

The nonprofit science and space exploration learning center offers educators of all disciplines from kindergarten through 12th grade a three-day authentic learning experience based in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The 2020 conference is geared toward future crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

“Space Center Houston’s SEEC is a unique opportunity for educators to be immersed in space exploration and hear from leading education and space experts,” said Daniel Newmyer, vice president of education at Space Center Houston. “By immersing educators in authentic learning experiences and hands-on, space-related activities about the future of space, we equip them with innovative lesson ideas to take back to the classroom and inspire the next generation of explorers.”

Dedicated to empowering educators with a multitude of cross-curriculum ideas and ready-to-implement classroom activities, SEEC provides educators with the latest teaching tools and interprets what’s happening now in science and human space exploration.

Educators will participate in an extensive range of hands-on activities, including designing 3D and immersive virtual reality planetary habitats, coding drones and robots and developing experiments that NASA may launch into space. Other interactive sessions explore what it takes to become an astronaut; psychological and nutritional needs for long-term missions; and designing drones for Mars. Educators will visit Ellington Field to take a flight over Houston in a Civil Air Patrol Cessna airplane, explore the MQ-1B Predator aircraft’s operations and tour the tower simulation room.

Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing education credit, and one will be awarded the Cherri Brinley Outstanding Educator Award, named in honor of the 14-year SEEC veteran. A Houston-area educator, Brinley motivated fellow educators and students to pursue space exploration learning, even throughout her battle with terminal cancer.

In addition to providing SEEC attendees a unique learning experience, Space Center Houston offers more than 400 things to see and do, including a behind-the-scenes look at some of the rarest space artifacts in the world from flown space vehicles to historic rockets.

To register for the 26th Space Exploration Educators Conference, visit spacecenter.org/seec or contact SEEC at SEEC@spacecenter.org or 281-244-2149. Early registration for SEEC ends Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.

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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 1.1 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 www.spacecenter.org.