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Beginning in the summer of 1990, NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated a 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 and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.
NASA is committed to landing American astronauts, including the first woman and the first person of color, on the Moon by 2024. Through the agency’s Artemis lunar exploration program, we will use innovative new technologies and systems to explore more of the Moon than ever before. NASA will collaborate with commercial and international partners to establish sustainable missions by 2028. And then use what is learned on and around the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.
NASA is going back to the Moon for scientific discovery, economic benefits, and inspiration for a new generation of explorers: the Artemis Generation. While maintaining American leadership in exploration, we will build a global alliance and explore deep space for the benefit of all. Artemis missions enable a growing economy by fueling new industries, supporting job growth, and furthering the demand for a skilled workforce.
Artemis is the first step in the next era of human exploration. Together with commercial and international partners, NASA will establish a sustainable presence on the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars. With the Artemis program we will:
- Demonstrate new technologies, capabilities, and business approaches needed for future exploration
- Establish American leadership and strategic presence on the Moon while expanding our U.S. global economic impact
- Inspire a new generation and encourage careers in STEM
NASA’s powerful new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will send astronauts aboard the Orion spacecraft nearly a quarter million miles from Earth to lunar orbit. Astronauts will dock Orion at the Gateway and transfer to a human landing system for expeditions to the surface of the Moon. They will return to the orbital outpost to board Orion again before returning safely to Earth.
All that is built, all that we study, all that we do, prepares us to go. The Artemis success will change the world.
Join us for LiftOff 2022 as we engage and inspire new audiences – we are The Artemis Generation!
- Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers
- Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities aligned to educational standards
- Career Exploration
- Teacher Feature (sharing of classroom lessons and activities)
- Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions
- Currently employed as a 5-12 grade classroom educator
- 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: $1,250 registration fee (includes lodging, meals, tours) + travel to Houston, Texas
- Applications: Must be submitted online
Program announcement is contingent upon receiving NASA funding.