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TEWS—Space Race is a summer camp that boosts science literacy achievement for middle school students and trains teachers in unique experiential STEM education methodology. TEWS—Space Race is based on The Earth We ShareTM (TEWS) international science camp programs developed by Dr. Mae Jemison that have been held across the US and internationally since 1994. The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence to established TEWS—Space Race, a winner of a NASA Summer of Innovation award in. The camps use aviation, aerospace and space exploration content to teach science concepts while building problem solving and critical thinking skills. Students work in teams with teachers as their guides to solve problems like —“Design an exercise program and equipment to keep teenagers healthy on Mars” or —“Should we try to develop a weather machine?” or —“Design an energy system to power our trip to Io?”

TEWS creates meaningful STEM educational experiences...

Hands On! Hearts On! Minds On!

¬ Weeklong Student Summer Camps start June 16th through August 1st 2014 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

¬ Two-day Teacher Training in TEWS Discovery Method followed by practice teaching using method with students the next week.

¬ $700 Stipend

¬ Certificate: 42 hours Professional Development

¬ Eligibility for additional TEWS—Space Race and NASA base STEM professional development hours as part of TEWS— Space Race ReBoost during school year.

¬ Opportunity to become part of TEWS—Space Race Teacher Trainer Cadre.

¬ Certificate: 42 hours Professional Development

¬ Final day of the camp—Fridays— are spent with students (and teachers) presenting their solutions to the technical and space exploration problems they solved over the week and getting hands-on experience?up close and personal.

¬ Applications will be accepted on-line or via fax until June 6, 2014. Early applications receive priority.

¬ 150 teachers from the Los Angeles area will be selected for participation.


Teachers get in-depth training in the robust TEWS methodology for two days (8:00 am - 3:30 pm) from Dorothy Jemison for Excellence (DJF) staff on Wednesday and Thursday. Some teacher sessions will be led by Dr. Jemison. The following week teachers are challenged to practice the method by leading middle school students in the process (Monday -Friday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm) under the supervision of the veteran DJF staff. The final day of the camp—Fridays—are spent at TAM with students (and teachers) presenting their solutions to the technical and space exploration problems they solved over the week and get hands-on experience—up close and personal— with flight simulators, airplanes and helicopters. Curriculum student and teacher TEWS Discovery Manuals™ and supplies will be provided for the participants. In addition classes will have access to Scholastic's Grolier On-Line Encyclopedia, NASA materials, NASA scientists and engineers as well as other TEWS Resource Center materials.

Professional Development (PD) Hours: 42 total hours (Certificates will be given upon completion to each teacher. Did we say that before? Well, it was worth saying again!)

Additional Benefits

  • Scholastic Sponsorship and access to some gratis materials
  • Lunch Provided
  • Support from NASA Experts
  • Access to NASA Materials
  • Opportunity to earn additional PD hours during the school year
  • Opportunity to be a part of the TEWS Space Race Re-Boost Activities for sustained school year engagement.
  • Develop a cadre of LAUSD teachers to become trainers for the subsequent years of the program


How do I get an application, apply and attend????

TEWS-Space Race is being held in multiple schools in the Los Angeles area—Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), Compton Unified School District (CUSD) and several smaller independent programs. See our teacher flyer.

Teachers must be certified and have California Department of Justice validation. Prefer teachers from the middle school grades, but will consider teachers from primary and high schools.

Download a teacher application and FAX to 281-486-7522 or submit an online application.

Remember to mark your applications with the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 next to weeks to indicate your choices for attendance (with #1 being the most desired dates and #7 being the least desired dates) at TEWS – Space Race Camp. Efforts will be made to assign student preferred dates.

______ Week A: Mon-Fri June 16-20 8:00 am - 3:30 pm 

______ Week B: Mon-Fri June 23-27 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

______ Week C: Mon -Fri June 30 - Jul 3 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

______ Week D: Mon-Fri July 7-11 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

______ Week E: Mon-Fri July 14-18 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

______ Week F: Mon-Fri Jul 21-25 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

______ Week G: Mon-Fri Aug 22-26 8:00am-3:00pm (LAUSD)


For other school districts or camps please check with your local camp for dates. Website will be updated to include changes.


 If you cannot attend the program once you have been selected and assigned to a camp, please notify TEWS—Space Race as soon as possible, but at least 10 days before the camp so another student may have the spot .

Keep checking this website for new information!