The Teaching Resources Center was founded as a NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC). RERCs functioned as a point of contact between area educators and the appropriate NASA Field Center Educator Resource Centers. RERC’s were designed to be convenient places for educators to review the many instructional materials and services that were offered by NASA. For many years, the Teaching Resources Center provided a space to showcase NASA education products and display information about NASA education services, which were aligned with the national standards of science, mathematics, technology, and geography.
The TRC's partnership with NASA ended in January 2018.