Spaceward Bound

Research Experience for Future STEM Educators 

Spaceward Bound is a field expedition for pre-service teachers and undergraduate science majors interested in teaching K-12, in partnership with the California State University Chancellor's Office, San Francisco State University and the California State University Desert Research Station at Zzyzx, California.

In the Spring semester of each year from 2008 to 2015 (during SF State's Spring Break), pre-service teachers and undergraduate science or math majors from SF State studied side-by-side with world-renowned planetary NASA scientists who search for life in extreme environments.

Why the Mojave - an inhospitable, parched, sun-drenched, spot in southern California? This natural setting presents scientists with opportunities to study environments that are analogous to what explorers will find on the Moon and Mars. Teachers, students and scientists peform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radation. See pictures from past Spaceward Bound expeditions on our Flickr Page.