Register Now! Out in Space, Down to Earth STEM Educator Conference – March 3, 2018NEISD Teacher Training

  • Join us for great STEM activities! On Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 pm. we will host a open house for teachers grades pre-k – 12. Get great hands on STEM and TEKS based make & takes, Planetarium shows and prizes.  If you have not experienced Scobee Education Center, come see what we are all about.  Earn 6 CPE’s.
  • Registration for participants, vendors and local resources is open now!  Register now for early bird pricing.
  • To Register, Apply to Present a Workshop, Exhibit or Become a Sponsor, go to: Out in Space, Down to Earth 2018 STEM Educator Conference
  • The AFCEA is also sponsoring a $500 STEM grant to be awarded a teacher who attends the 2018 the Out in Space, Down to Earth STEM Education Conference. For more information and the application go to:  AFCEA 2018 OIS Teacher Grant


The Community Leaders Grant is for Micronaut Missions, Challenger Learning Center Missions and Planetarium shows.  Download the form and apply:  Community Leaders 17-18 Grant Form

The Najim Challenger Learning Center Grant is awarded to Title I classes to provide professional development resources for the teachers and a unique STEM education experience for their students. The grant covers a Challenger Learning Center mission and a planetarium show.  Click here for Najim Challenger Learning Center Grant Application. Deadline for the first round of awards is December 15, 2017.  A second call for applications will start in August 2018.

The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association AFCEA, Alamo Chapter 2018 Grant is awarded to classes with underrepresented students to provide them with Challenger Learning Center Mission and planetarium show experiences.  Click here to apply for the AFCEA Grant.

The AFCEA is also sponsoring a $500 STEM grant to be awarded a teacher who attends the 2018 the Out in Space, Down to Earth STEM Education Conference on March 3, 2018.  For more information go to:  AFCEA 2018 OIS Teacher Grant  To register for the conference go to: To apply for the grant: AFCEA 2018 OIS Teacher Grant

Here is a list of grants that you can use toward a Mission or Planetarium Show at Scobee or to increase STEM in your classroom: STEM Grant List

Challenger Pre-Mission Training

  • All Teachers who are registering for a mission must attend a free Pre-Mission Training.  Earn 6 hrs of CPE’s. Once you are registered for a mission you will receive the registration link for Pre-Mission Training.
  • Training dates:
    • September 23, 2017 for Fall Expedition Mars Mission
    • October 14, 2017 for Lunar Quest Mission
    • January 6, 2018 for Spring Expedition Mars Mission
    • January 20, 2018 for Earth Odyssey Mission
  • Contact Jennifer Becerra for registration information.

Challenger MissionsGlove Box

Participants become Mission Control Specialists and Astronauts as they conduct a mission to the ISS. Astronauts are transported to the simulated ISS Destiny module where they work, conduct experiments and resolve emergencies. Mission Control specialists are teamed with the Astronauts and provide research and critical information to make the mission a true success. All participants get the chance to be both Mission Control Specialists and Astronauts.

  • Geared toward students 6th-8th grade
  • Group size
    • Minimum number of participants per mission: 20
    • Maximum number of participants per mission: 32
  • Chaperones (including Teachers)
    • Minimum: 2
    • Maximum: 4

Micronaut MissionsMicronaut Sorting

Our littlest astronauts have a blast exploring hands on STEM activities in the Space Station. Micronauts are transported the ISS where they become engineers as they build simple machines, rockets, satellites and use robotic arms, scientists as they experiment, use glove boxes and microscopes, and astronomers as they study the solar system and stars.

  • Geared toward students pre-K to 3rd grade
    • Maximum number of participants per mission: 20
  • Number of Chaperones (including Teachers) – dependent on age of group
    • Maximum: 10
  • Teacher Pre-Mission Training is required
    • October 22, 2016
  • Contact Ellen White for more information

Scobee Planetarium

  • Available for groups Monday-Thursday
  • Seats 100
  • Group rates available  ($100/32 students + 3 Teachers)
  • Planetarium Catalog of Available Shows and TEKS– Call or email our center for reservations.
    • The planetarium show catalog lists all shows, TEKS and Educator guides.
      • TEKS available for all shows
      • Educator guides available for many shows
      • Several shows available in Spanish and Closed Caption

Lunar and Meteorite Sample CertificationLunar and Meteorite Disks

  • Bring meteorites and the moon into your class!  State certified teachers can qualify to checkout and use lunar and meteorite disks in their classroom or event.  Each disk contains six samples of Lunar or Meteorite material in a 6″ diameter clear lucite disk. Upon checkout each disk is accompanied by written and graphic descriptions of each sample, a PowerPoint presentation; a teacher workbook; and additional materials. Earn 6 hrs of CPEs.
  • Contact Jennifer Becerra for training dates and registration.

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Education Staff

Academic Program Coordinator/Lead Flight Director – Jennifer Becerra

Planetarium Coordinator – Michelle Risse

Academic Education Specialist/Flight Director – Celina Terrones

Academic Education Specialist/Flight Director – Deanna Villarreal

Micronaut Specialist – Ellen White

Planetarium Staff – Augustine Frkuska

Reservations Email – Reservations and Requests

Center Administration

Center director – Rick Varner

Coordinator of Program Development – Natasha Sobers