Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College Hosts Challenger Center Conference
| Former NASA astronaut Col. Eileen Collins (USAF, retired) was the keynote speaker at the Challenger Center Conference Legacy Luncheon.|
The Scobee Education Center at Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College recently hosted the 2015 Challenger Center Annual Conference and Board Meeting, August 9-13. The event was sponsored by the Alamo Colleges.
San Antonio College was selected to host the annual conference because it features the first-of-its-kind, next-generation Challenger Learning Center. Conference attendees included representatives from the network of more than 40 Challenger Learning Centers around the world. During the four-day conference, attendees connected, shared best practices, discussed new programming and technologies, and strategized ways to expand and deepen the organization's educational impact. The conference agenda included presentations from Challenger Center educators and outside experts from a variety of fields, providing centers with up-to-date information, program ideas and networking opportunities.
The highlight of the conference was the opportunity for conference attendees, San Antonio College students and staff and community members to video chat live with astronauts in the International Space Station via a NASA educational downlink. In addition to the downlink conversation with astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren, audience members participated in a question and answer session and heard from several high profile speakers, including former astronauts, Joe Acaba and Eileen Collins.