Beginning in the summer of 1990, the Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated 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 promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.
Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon. And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. There are echoes of the images from the past, but it won't be your grandfather's moon shot.
How do the Earth and Moon compare? How did the Moon form? What causes the phases of the Moon? The moon has loomed large in the human imagination ... for many moons. Join us as we begin a close examination of Earth's natural satellite during LiftOff 2006: Return to the Moon!
Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at Johnson Space Center, LiftOff 2006 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 Feature (sharing of ideas and activities)
- Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions
- currently employed as a 4-12 grade classroom educator
- minimum one year teaching experience prior to workshop
- demonstrate willingness to share information with others
- must be a U.S. citizen
- Texas Participants: FREE- All expenses paid by TSGC
- Out-of-State: $500 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas