Beginning in the summer of 1990, the Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated a weeklong 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.
Some of the most frequently asked questions about the U.S. space program are "Why go into space when we have so many problems here on Earth?" and "What does the space program do for me?"
These legitimate questions will be answered when educators become aware of the vast benefits of the space program that increase the quality of our daily lives. The applications on Earth technology needed for space flight have produced thousands of "spinoffs" that contribute to improving national security, the economy, productivity and lifestyle. We would be hard pressed to find an area of everyday life that has not been improved by spinoffs from the space program.
So, the next time someone asks "Why do we go in space" and "What does the space program do for me?" You will be able to explain it because of LiftOff 2005: NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space down to Earth!
Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at Johnson Space Center, LiftOff 2005 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
- currently employed as a middle of high school educator
- minimum one year teaching experience prior to workshop
- demonstrated willingness to share information with others
- must be a U.S. citizen
- Texas Participants: FREE with $50 refundable deposit upon completion of workshop
- Out-of-State: $500 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas