MLK Teacher selected for Liftoff

MLK Teacher selected for Liftoff
Posted on 06/21/2024

Luke McKinley has been selected for the prestigious LiftOff Summer Institute this summer. This nationally competitive program sponsored by NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium and the University of Texas Center for Space Research. They select teachers who will increase their
knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math through space education.

Liftoff 2024’s theme is Growing on Earth for Space Exploration! The workshops provide teachers with the rare – and for most, unique – opportunity to spend a week working with professional scientists and engineers at the cutting edge of space exploration. As human space
exploration advances, so should our knowledge and expertise to grow plants on long-duration space missions, on the Moon, and on other planets. Participants will increase their understanding of specialized environments for growth and development on Earth, in microgravity, and beyond!

LiftOff is a collaborative effort between the University of Texas Center for Space Research, Texas Space Grant Consortium members and affiliates, NASA, and industry. Teachers apply for LiftOff and are selected competitively. The workshops are organized around an aerospace or
space science theme drawn from NASA’s diverse engineering and scientific research programs. The weeklong institute features a series of workshops, hands-on activities, field investigations, and presentations by NASA scientists and engineers working on various missions.

McKinley will be in Houston for the camp which runs from June 24-June 28.