Alabama Space Academy for Educators

Best Practices, Network, Support

The Alabama Educators work together, sharing best practices to create exciting activities for their students and take away new knowledge about technological developments in space-related subjects such as:

  • International Space Station
  • Living and working in microgravity
  • Rocketry
  • Propulsion
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics

Meet an Astronaut

Not only will your educators have access to NASA educational resources and training, they will have the opportunity to meet a real astronaut!

Start Planning for 2017 Now!

  • Arrive: Wednesday, June 7, 2017
  • Program begins: Thursday, June 8, 2017
  • Graduation: Monday, June 12, 2017
  • Departure: Monday, June 12, 2017 or Tuesday, June 13

A Lifetime Opportunity at No Cost

This scholarship includes:

  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Flight suit
  • Educational materials
  • Tour of NASA

The U.S. Space & Rocket Center ® has received funding from the Alabama Legislature to bring teachers from across the state to a special Space Academy for Educators.

This professional development program uses the format of astronaut training to convey new ways of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts to the world’s future workforce. The hands-on learning activities are designed to be easily replicated in the classroom and aim to excite students about STEM education.

Educators will receive 45 professional development credits and can apply for 3 hours graduate credit from UAH.

Activities will be geared to span grade levels 4 -9.

Educators will receive 45 professional development credits for attending Space Academy for Educators. Additionally, educators can use the Space Academy experience to complete Space Orientation for Educators (ED/SPA 532) through the University of Alabama Huntsville, and earn three graduate credit hours.

*Trainees attending Space Academy for Educators are housed in the Frank Franz Hall dormitory. Transportation is provided between the dorm and camp for the duration of the program.

Applications for 2017 are closed, check back soon for summer 2018!

Build on the knowledge you gain as part of the Space Academy for Educators and earn 3-graduate credit hours. ED 532 and SPA 532-Space Orientation for Educators is offered online by the University of Alabama in Huntsville. This online course provides formal framework for reflection and the development of lesson plans to adapt your new expertise in space science into effective and exciting methods for the classroom. For more information please visit:

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