TO PIONEER SPACE EDUCATION COMMUNITY MOVEMENT OVER 100,000 HOURS OF
VOLUNTEER LABOR FROM MANY GREAT PEOPLE FROM THE
1989: Begin plans to reestablish a program that would allow students the opportunity to flying student experiments on Space Shuttle in a NASA "Get Away Special". The program was originally initiated by the AIAA at Vandenberg AFB prior to the Challenger Space Shuttle Explosion in 1986.
Early 1990: Marketing begins to allow
Sept. 1991: Edmund Burke, Co-Chair of
May 1992: Edmund Burke and Marty Waldman,
have significant discussions with Allan Hancock in regards to starting a 2
year Space Science and Technology program at their college. A 50-page proposal
was submitted. A briefing and proposal was provided to the President, Dr.
Frances Conn and Executive Dean, Mr. Simms. This proposal's
ideas later became the cornerstone vision that assisted
April 1993: Space Information
Laboratories, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
(founded by Edmund Burke, Marty Waldman, Will Gordon and Denise Burke) was
formed to implement Space Education and Research & Development
programs for the
21 June 1993: Successfully launcheded thirteen
student experiments (40 students participated) from the
Oct. 1993: SIL, Inc. approached
March 1994: SIL, Inc. wrote a proposal to
NASA Headquarters to establish a
Dec. 1994: SIL, Inc. officially
Jan. 1995: SIL, Inc. decided to establish a
summer Endeavour Camp program for youth (8-11 and 12-15 years old age groups).
The first Endeavour Camp program was operated in the summer of 1995 with a day
camp only (125 youth attended). Subsequent camps in 1996 thru 1999 had day and
sleepover camp options. The number of youth attending the
Endeavour Camp are as follows: 1995-125, 1996-240, 1997-250, 1998- 300,
1999-235. The Endeavour Camp has been enthusiastically supported by over 3000
families (in our databases) from the
Jan. 1995: Joe Boeckx,
March 1995: SIL, Inc. helps reestablish the
Cal-Poly Space Systems Club. Over Cal-Poly students enthusiastically embrace
Space Science and Technology and begin many space projects. Because of this
interest and future career opportunities available to the students, Cal-Poly
Aeronautics Department officially changes itís name to
the Aerospace Department in 1998. Dr. Ed Avila, the
Sept. 1995: Greg Schumaker, 1995 Endeavour
Camp, Director and Vandenberg Middle School Science Teacher establishes
the "Space is the Place" class at
Jan. 1996: SIL, Inc. established the space
education school field trip program to the
Sept. 1996: SIL, Inc. establishes a Space Exhibit
July 1996&97: SIL, Inc. sponsors the
Spaceweek program (1996 and 1997) and expands it to include many community
Space Education outreach programs. The
Aug. 1996: SIL,Inc.
establishes a Saturday Youth Space Education Seminars (applied math, science
and technology) at the
May 1998: Telescope
ribbon cutting ceremony at the
March 1999: Cal-Poly officially starts a Masters Degree program in Aerospace Engineering at Vandenberg AFB. SIL, Inc. is partnering with Cal-Poly to establish an R&D laboratory for masterís degree thesis work and special projects. First classes start the summer of 1999, GPS and Orbital Mechanics II classes at VAFB.
April 1999: SIL, Inc. hires an
Dec. 1999: Dr. Edward Avila, Endeavour Institute, Director receives National Hispanic Teacher of the Year Award. Meets with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, CA Secretary of Education Gary Hart.
Dec. 1999: Dr. Edward Avila, Endeavour Institute, Director receives agreement to replicate the Endeavour Academy Program at Paso Robles H.S. CSTA supported.
March 2001: SIL, Inc. receives a second CSA grant to develop a Vehicle Based Independent Tracking System (VBITS) R&D project for high dynamic vehicles (rockets, RLVs, ULVs, Airplanes, etc.)
April 2001: Buzz
Aldrin visits Endeavour Academies at Arroyo Grande and
April 2001: SIL, Inc. receives Governor Gray Davis recognition letter and resolution by Jack O'Connell and Abel Maldonado for education and R&D work accomplishing.
March 2003:† SIL, Inc. signs a master agreement with Cal-Poly,
May 2003:† Senator Pete Knight (CA Senator
and X-15 rocket plane pioneer) visits the
August 2003:† NASA KSC contracts
January 2004:† SIL, Inc. establishes a Space Research and Development division to work with college/university professors and students on aerospace related projects.†
March 2004:† SIL, Inc. Research and Development
division opens a 5000 Sq. Ft. facility in
June 2004:† SIL/Endeavour Center and
January 2005:† SIL/Endeavour Center signs MOU agreement to become a Globe International United States partner to jointly work together in regards to Earth & Environmental Science Education.
September 2005:† SIL/Endeavour Center and
California Space Authority sign MOU agreement as strategic partner in
January 2006:† SIL/Endeavour Center included in California Space Authority, U.S. Department of Labor WIRED grant as a partner to do K-12 Science Innovation Educator Conferences through 2008.
September 2006:† SIL/Endeavour Center signs a MOU agreement with University of California-Santa Barbara Physics Department to work together on K-12 Solar and Alternate energy education outreach, and University Research and Development projects.
October 2006:† 2007 Congressional DOD Line item
approved for SIL, Inc. to establish a college/university sounding rocket
program at Vandenberg AFB in partnership with
January 2007: CSA US Department of Labor WIRED grant funds development of a new Endeavour Academy course Mission to Planet Earth Systems course over one year. Andrew Williams, Endeavour Academy instructor leads this effort.
December 2007: The Endeavour Center, NASA Educator Resource Center organize the Calipso-CloudSat and AIM K-12 Educator Launch Conferences (250 plus California teachers attend) revolving around NASA Earth Science and Global Climate Change missions launched from Vandenberg AFB.
January 2008: Edmund Burke works with Lompoc Unified School District (USD) and the base to establish a save Los Padres school from closure and moved the Endeavour Center in summer 2008 to this school along with Manzanita Public Charter School that was provided a home at the site for start-up by Lompoc USD. Maple High School, Vandenberg AFB where Endeavour Center located officially closed summer 2008.
June - August 2008: Endeavour Academy started at Orcutt Academy – a new charter high school operated by the Orcutt Unified School District. One hundred twenty students enroll for first year and nine-five take the Endeavour Academy mission to Planet Earth Systems course.
June - August 2008: Endeavour Academy started at West High School, Torrance USD with a start-up grant by the American Honda Foundation of $150,000. One hundred twenty five students enroll in the three year-long Endeavour Academy STEM courses, UC approved in first year.
December 2008: Steve Kliewer, Paso Endeavour Academy, Instructor selected as the Paso Robles Unified School District teacher of the year for 2008.
January-February 2009: Endeavour Center, NASA Educator Resource Center organize NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory and NOAA-NP K-12 Educator Launch Conferences with over 150 K-12 teachers attending from California and abroad.
March 2010: Steve Kliewer, hired as full-time Endeavour, Executive Director with grant funding by Wood Claeyssens Foundation.
May 2010: West High Endeavour Academy students enter into Solar Cub (solar powered boats) with boat built in the West High Endeavour Lab room, and finish 2nd in Sprint Competition.
May 2010: Templeton Endeavour Academy students enter into the Team America Rocketry Challenge in Virginia and place 29th out of 659 teams in the nation.
June 2010 – Eight Annual Balloon Fest held for 100 plus students from Orcutt Academy and Paso Robles High School with tethered balloon science experiments and data collection (1000 Ft.). University of California – Santa Cruz Particle Physics and Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo participate with University professors and college students as mentors.
Dec 2010 – Move the Endeavour Center and the NASA Educator Resource Center to fresh and spacious accommodations on the Vandenberg Middle School campus. This location is much more visible and accessible, being located adjacent to and just outside of the Vandenberg base main gate.