Teachers in Space, NASA to Hold STEM Workshops

The Space Frontier Foundation’s Teachers in Space program and NASA are teaming up this summer for a second round of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) workshops that focus on Suborbital Astronautics, Space Medicine and Human Factors, and Suborbital Flight Experiments.

The goal of the workshops is to give teachers the curriculum and experiences necessary to boost STEM instruction, including the opportunity to fly an experiment on a Masten Space suborbital vehicle. The workshop instructors will include a former Space Shuttle Commander as well as leading scientists from NASA, FAA, NewSpace and leading aerospace universities. Secondary teachers currently teaching STEM subjects should apply at tis.spacefrontier.org workshops by April 5, 2012.

The Suborbital Astronautics Workshops will offer teachers the opportunity to learn about aeronautics/astronautics and spaceflight while experiencing some of the training concepts that future space pilots will receive. Expert instructors will include former Shuttle Commander/Pilot and XCOR Aerospace Chief Test Pilot Col. Rick Searfoss (USAF-ret), wind tunnel expert Dr. Kurt Long of NASA Ames, and Teachers in Space Pathfinders Maureen Adams and Lt. Col. Steve Heck (USAF-ret). Participants will fly in a glider and Embry-Riddle flight simulators. They will also learn about the Lynx suborbital spacecraft now under development by XCOR Aerospace. These workshops will be held at at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL on July 9-13 and at the NASA Dryden AERO Institute in Palmdale, CA on July 30-Aug 3.

The Space Medicine and Human Factors Workshop will cover high-altitude physiology and respiration, decompression and vacuum exposure, space weather and radiation, and the effects of weightlessness, G-forces, noise, and vibration. Participants will experience the effects of high altitude in a normobaric chamber. The workshop will be held at the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City on June 25-29 and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL on July 16-20.

At the Suborbital Flight Experiment Workshop teachers will gain hands-on experience with space hardware by building experiments to fly aboard a Masten Space unmanned suborbital vehicle as part of the Excelsior STEM mission. The workshop will be held at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, CA on July 23-27 in conjunction with the NewSpace Conference.

The workshops are open to secondary teachers currently teaching science, technology, engineering or math. The workshops are free and stipends are available to assist teachers in travel and housing expenses.

Go to tis.spacefrontier.org/workshops to apply. Seats are limited and the application process will close on April 5, 2012. For more information please contact Don McMahon at [email protected].


Teachers in Space began in 2004 as a non-profit project of the 501(c)3 Space Frontier Foundation. Our mission is to put space in the hands of STEM teachers via professional development workshops offered each summer. Our teachers and their students have flown experiments on ZeroG and to the International Space Station on the final mission of space shuttle Atlantis. With support from NASA and the NewSpace industry, we are giving teachers the tools and experiences needed to inspire their students, peers and communities.

Discover more at TIS.SpaceFrontier.org.