Barbara Morgan, the Idaho school teacher who was runner-up to Christa McAuliffe in NASA's teacher-in-space program in 1986, will be the keynote speaker for a technological conference next week.

Morgan said after the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion that killed McAuliffe and six others that she had as much confidence in NASA as before the accident and couldn't wait for a mission. She will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, in the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom.The conference, the 53rd annual meeting of the International Technology Education Association, gets under way Sunday, March 17, with events scheduled in the Marriott, the Red Lion and the Salt Palace. Its theme is "Technology Education in the Space Age."

Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, also a veteran of NASA's space shuttle program, will address a general session of the conference Tuesday, March 19, at 9 a.m. in the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Sessions will continue through Thursday, March 21, with dozens of topics ranging from U.S. solid-waste problems and educational resources for teachers to toys in space and digital electric trains. Exhibits in the Salt Palace will showcase some of the latest developments in technology.

Information on the conference is available from Lloyd Gheen, associate professor of industrial education at Brigham Young University.