Lynne F. Zielinski- 2014 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award Recipient


Lynne F. Zielinski, a retired physics, astronomy and space science teacher from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill., was selected for the award for her work with the Glenbrook Aerospace Development Get-away Experiment Team (GADGET) program, which she founded 22 years ago. The program enables students to design and conduct microgravity experiments, initiate and direct aerospace and engineering research, develop spaceflight hardware and design space settlements. The GADGET program flew active experiments on six space shuttle flights, nine NASA Nike-Orion sub-orbital rockets, three Zero-G airplane flights and four high altitude balloon missions.

The Alan Shepard Award, which is given annually in recognition of creative and innovative use of technology by K-12 educators or district-level education personnel, was presented during the opening ceremony of the Space Foundation’s 30th Space Symposium on May 19, 2014 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The ceremony was co-sponsored by Northrop Grumman.

Zielinski was accepted into the Space Foundation’s Teacher Liaison program in 2012. Learn more about Space Foundation STEM education outreach and its Teacher Liaison program at