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.
Space offers a stunning and original collection of exclusive space-related journeys in which Earth is just the starting point. LiftOff 2008 is a seamless journey through the past, into the present, and touching on the future of NASA's space exploration program. While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, pre-dates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large liquid-fueled rocket engines during the early 20th century that allowed space exploration to become a practical possibility.Using our knowledge from past space travel combined with our desire to explore we are igniting the flame for future space exploration.
As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary we are moving forward with a new focus for the manned space program: to go out beyond Earth orbit for purposes of human exploration and scientific discovery. The International Space Station is a stepping stone on this journey, rather than the end of the line. If humans are going to Mars and beyond, we have to learn what methods will allow us to get there safely, how to live on other planetary surfaces, and how to use what we find there?
The countdown begins, the fuel ignites and with a thunderous roar we will contrast our galactic future with our Earthly past at LiftOff 2008: Space Travel: It's Out of this World!
Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at Johnson Space Center, LiftOff 2007 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: $600 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas