Save the Date! Out in Space, Down to Earth STEM Educator Conference – March 3, 2018NEISD Teacher Training

  • Join us for great STEM activities! On March 3rd 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 available soon!

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: (Completed for the 2016-17 School Year)
    • September 17, 20016 – Fall Earth Odyssey Missions
    • October 15, 2016 – Lunar Quest Training for missions in early spring
    • January 21, 2017 – Spring Earth Odyssey Missions
    • January 28, 2017 – Spring Lunar Quest Missions
  • 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)
  • 2017 PLANETARIUM SHOW SUMMARIES & TEKS– Call or email our center for reservations.
    • The planetarium show guide lists all shows, TEKS and Educator guides.
      • TEKS available for all shows
      • Educator guides available for many shows

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.
  • The next Lunar & Meteorite Certification workshop takes place on August 2, 2017 from 8:30a-3:30p with limited seating.  Reservations are required at:

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Take a self-guided tour through San Pedro Park and the San Antonio College Geology Museum.  Borrow sample boxes and have students sort and identify rocks and minerals. Stress the importance of geology in the study of space science.

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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

Reservations Email – Reservations and Requests

Center Administration

Center director – Rick Varner

Coordinator of Program Development – Natasha Sobers