Shine On! 2021 Conference

Shine On! has recently been awarded the opportunity to participate in an educational downlink with NASA, which is a virtual session where we will have the opportunity to interact in real time with astronauts aboard the International Space Station!


NASA has scheduled our downlink for Thursday, May 6.

The exact time of the downlink will be determined much closer to the day of the conference, and once we have that information all workshops will be slotted to best accommodate our conversation with the International Space Station. This date is subject to change based on ISS operations.  


We have partnered with Beekmantown Central School District to bring this once in a lifetime opportunity to local schools across New York State. Students from K-8 classrooms will build interest in STEM after their participation in an eight-week program illustrating how the KIPP character strengths (grit, optimism, curiosity, self-control, social intelligence, gratitude, and zest) are necessary for problem-solving in space and success in STEM industries.



With the help of the Beekmantown Central School District and local sponsors, Shine On! is able to present a virtual half-day conference that will include workshops from a variety of educators and STEM professionals for students across New York State.  The students that are attending our conference will learn about a number of different topics in STEM industries by rotating through our age-appropriate workshops. We will break from these workshops and all join together for the downlink to chat with an astronaut that is live aboard the International Space Station!  


If your classroom is already signed up for the conference, you can access your pre-conference materials here. This resource kit has been specially designed in order to allow the students to arrive at the conference with background knowledge that will help them get the most out of the activities, and reflect on what they have learned after watching the live downlink. 

2021 Conference Workshops

Beam Me Up Scotty presented by Elizabeth Pearl of Pearl Physical Therapy  


Want to be a HAM? presented by Diana Danville, an educator at Beekmantown Central Schoolaa

Ensuring a Safe and Proper Space Launch presented by retired WPTZ meteorologist Gib Brown  


I Need Space presented by psychology fieldwork students at SUNY Adirondack


Neuroscience of Space Exploration by Dr. Jen Bremser, Associate Professor of Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh


Communicating Science: Explaining Lifesaving Information to the Public presented by WPTZ meteorologist Caitlin Napoleoni  

Space Cowboy presented by Rachel Dutil, PR and Marketing Coordinator at Miner Farm in Chazy, NY


Experiment Time presented by Lisa Douglas, Regional Director of Scientific Partnerships located in Boston, MA

Sweat it Out presented by Stephen Kramer, a Water Quality Scientist from Chazy, NY

Painting the Stars presented by Amy Guglielmo and Julia Devine, cofounders of Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project 

*More coming soon!