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. In 2013 we are partnering with NASA Johnson Space Center Office of Education and the Middle School Aerospace Scholars project. Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.
NASA is preparing for future exploration missions by stimulating efforts within the private sector to develop and demonstrate safe, reliable, and cost-effective space transportation capabilities and increasing the capabilities of robotic missions.
Commercial space transportation is a vital component to the future of human space exploration. NASA is taking an innovative approach to working with companies in the private industry. 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.
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"This is the next chapter that we can write together here at NASA. We will partner with industry. We will invest in cutting-edge research and technology. We will set far-reaching milestones and provide the resources to reach those milestones. And step by step, we will push the boundaries not only of where we can go but what we can do..." -President Barack Obama
LiftOff 2013 will highlight the future of space exploration. Ignite the spark and pass the torch to your students. All, during LiftOff 2013 Rockets to Robots...
- 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