Beginning in the summer of 1990, the NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated weeklong professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information, materials, and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.
This is the beginning of a new era in space exploration where NASA will build the capabilities to send humans deeper into space than ever before. NASA will use the International Space Station as a test bed and stepping stone for the challenging journey ahead. Plans are underway to foster a commercial industry that will safely service low Earth orbit so NASA can focus their energy and resources on sending astronauts to an asteroid and eventually to Mars. The road ahead is challenging but this approach and space exploration architecture puts us in a position to go where no human has gone before.
And our future is building on past accomplishments. NASA presents remarkable examples of spinoffs providing benefits around the world - saving lives, creating jobs, preserving resources, and more. A NASA innovation designed for Mars is wasting no time providing clean, cost effective energy here on Earth. A star-mapping algorithm for the Hubble Space Telescope also helps researchers keep tabs on rare animals. A miniature ion mobility spectrometer for detecting chemicals during exploration of distant planets, moons, and comets, has been incorporated into a commercial hand-held device for soldiers to detect explosives and chemical warfare agents.
LiftOff 2012 will take a look at the historic impact of space exploration and what the future holds. Ignite the spark and pass the torch to your students. All, during LiftOff 2012 Space Innovations and Exploration...
- Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers
- Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston
- Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities aligned to educational standards
- Career Exploration
- 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 upon selection
- Out-of-State: $650 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas
- Applications: Must be submitted online