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The NASA Pre-Service Teacher Conference (PSTC) was a three-day conference for future elementary and middle school teachers and faculty advisors held in Alexandria, Virginia on March 27-29, 2003.

The conference was designed to enhance the teaching of science and mathematics incorporating technology.


The conference provided pre-service teachers attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities the opportunity to attend general sessions with internationally known guest speakers, and to participate in interactive workshops with educators, scientists, and researchers.

A Career Fair was held with recruiters from graduate schools and public school systems across the country.

The goal of the conference was to use the NASA mission, facilities, human resources, and programs to provide exposure and experiences to pre-service teachers and faculty, to support the enhancement of knowledge and skills, and to provide access to NASA information in science, mathematics, technology, engineering and geography.

The objectives were:

  • To refine a model teacher education and enhancement strategy in science, mathematics, and technology that may be duplicated throughout the nation.
  • To enhance pre-service elementary and middle school teachers' knowledge, skills, and strategies for teaching mathematics and science.
  • To promote enthusiasm and self-confidence for teaching science and mathematics for pre-service teachers of young children.
  • To provide the participating pre-service teachers and advisors with relevant curricula and resource materials for teaching mathematics and science at the elementary and middle school levels.
  • To enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of teacher education faculty in the areas of science, mathematics, technology, and education reform in those fields.


Guest Speaker
Franklin R. Chang-Dìaz (Ph.D.) (biography)
NASA Astronaut, And Director, Advanced Space Propulsion Laboratory, Johnson Space Center


Poster Session