LiftOff 2003 - Exploring the Unknown!

A Texas Space Grant Consortium
Summer Institute for Middle and High School Educators
July 14 - 18, 2003

Congratulations to the LiftOff 2003 Participants
LiftOff Summer Institute 2003 logo

Past LiftOff Programs

All applications are due:
April 4, 2003


Beginning in the summer of 1990, the Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated a week-long professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop series, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, mathematics, and technology learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information, materials, and experiences through hands-on activities and field trips that will promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.


Since the dawn of humanity, people have been in awe of the cosmos. Gazing upward, early man sought a glimpse into powers much greater than himself. It is remarkable that today we are still in awe of the majesty, the beauty, the power of our universe. Our modern understanding has eliminated the fear that possessed our ancestors, but it has also given rise to an equally gripping emotion curiosity. Are we alone in the universe? Is there life out there? How do we find other planets? What affect will global warming have on planet Earth? Will the ice caps melt and cause another Ice Age? As we expand our cosmic horizons, who will be the next space traveler - human or robot?

In today's era of scientific discovery, we are overwhelmed with huge amounts of information about our surroundings. What is the truth? What are the possibilities?

The journey begins into mysterious outer space at LiftOff 2003: Exploring the Unknown!


Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at Johnson Space Center, LiftOff 2003 features:

  • Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers
  • Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston
  • Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities
  • Free curricula and space science materials aligned to educational standards
  • Teacher activity share
  • Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions


  1. Currently employed as a middle or high school educator
  2. Minimum one year teaching experience prior to workshop
  3. Demonstrate a willingness to share information with others
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen


  • Texas Participants: FREE - All expenses paid by TSGC
  • Out-of-State: $450 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas


Last Modified: Tue Jul 08, 2003