Spaceward Bound is a Field Expedition for Pre-Service Teachers and Undergraduate Science Majors interested in teaching K-12, in partnership with the The California State University Chancellor's Office and San Francisco State University and the California State University Desert Research Station at Zzyzx, California.
During Spring of 2008-2010 (SF State Spring Break), pre-service teachers and undergraduate science or math majors from San Francisco State University 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 present 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. Click Here to read about our 2010 Participants!
The 2014 Spaceward Bound program will be held in the Mojave National Preserve from March 24-March 28 during SF State’s Spring Break and will be based out of the CSU Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx (10 miles south of Baker, CA in the Mojave National Preserve). Applications will be available in Spring 2014. More information about Spaceward Bound can be found here.