Out of This World Education

Out of This World Education

Southeast Missouri State University alumna Kaci Heins, director of Space Center University® in Houston, received the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award at a special presentation in March.

She was awarded for her work as the director of Space Center University® at Space Center Houston (Texas) where she develops innovative mission-based content and is responsible for immersive education programs such as Space Center University®, Stars & STEM, and other programs and special events. She has been integral in the development of authentic learning experiences for the next generation of explorers. She also has established an internship program for Space Center Houston’s education department. Heins received the award at the Space Foundation Teacher Liaison Professional Development Workshop at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Southeast where she earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with an emphasis in science and is a 2007 summa cum laude graduate with a Master of Arts with a major in secondary education with an emphasis in technology. Prior to her time at Space Center Houston, Heins enjoyed a remarkable teaching career earning several awards.

“The education experiences that Southeast provided for me through my academic career truly laid a foundation of excellence,” said Heins.’


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