Speakers and Presenters

Astronaut Jerry Ross


Veteran NASA astronaut Jerry Ross was the first human to be launched into space seven times, and his seven flights comprise a world record that he now shares with only one other NASA astronaut. Both his number of spacewalks and time on them are all-time second highest among all NASA astronauts. Ross supported the Space Shuttle Program as an astronaut from before the first launch in April 1981 to the last landing in July 2011. He also supported the International Space Station Program from its inception through the completion of assembly in 2011.

Now you can meet him at Space Center Houston and hear about his out-of-this world adventures. This is included in your admission price, so don’t miss out!

Session one – 10:30 a.m., Space Center Theater (limited to first 550 people)

Autograph session – Noon, Space Center Theater (limited to first 550 people)

Session two – 1 p.m., Space Center Theater (limited to first 550 people)

Paige Hudson

Paige Hudson

Paige Hudson first acquired an interest in science while watching a flaming gummy bear shoot across the room during her first day of high school chemistry class. Her interest quickly developed into a passion, which led to her receiving a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.

Several years and a child later, Hudson began her home-schooling journey. After researching the science options and coming up empty-handed, she decided to put her degree to good use by writing her own science plans for her daughter. Thanks to encouragement from friends and family, those plans became the basis for the programs of Elemental Science, which is now one of home-school curriculum specialist Cathy Duffy’s Top 102 Picks for home-school curricula.

Paige’s passion for science has grown into a drive to equip home-school teachers with the tools they need to see their students excel in and enjoy the sciences. She does this through sharing sessions that her attendees describe as “encouraging and helpful,” and through writing curriculum that users describe as “easy-to-use” and “highly recommended.”

Session one – 10:30 a.m., Space Center Houston Board Room; Elemental Science: Keys to Teaching Science
Registration Required: limited to first 30 people

Session two – 12:30 p.m., Space Center Houston Board Room; The Homeschooler’s Guide to Experiments
Registration Required: limited to first 30 people

Session three – 2 p.m., Space Center Theater, Inspiring Your Student to Love Science through Living Books (limited to first 550 people)

Times and locations of speakers, presentations, workshops, shows, activities and demonstrations subject to change without notice.