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NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

NICE_Patch_200x200NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series is seeking teacher participants! Join NICE on April 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th from 4:00 – 5:20 pm EST. One-way or two-way virtual participation options available.

From greenhouse effect to Earth’s rising temperatures and resulting impacts on plants, bugs and birds, increase your understanding of these timely topics and more at the NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop. This workshop is a four-part series featuring climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists. It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-12 teachers. The content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade band.

For more information visit the NICE website at:


Mars for Earthlings Faculty and Postdoc Workshop – Application Deadline by Oct 1, 2012

Mars for Earthlings will be conducting its first faculty/postdoc half-day workshops at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Registrants will receive ready-made teaching modules and materials to be utilized in undergraduate Earth and planetary science courses. Introductions and walk-throughs of Earth analogs to Mars and Mars-related software will be provided. With attendance, registrants will receive a voucher for the amount of their registration to the GSA bookstore.

For more information on registration and deadlines, please visit

2012 Gregory G. Leptoukh Online Giovanni Workshop for Scientists, High School and Undergrad Educators – September 2012

In September 2012, the NASA Goddard Earth Science Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) will host an online workshop focused on the use of the pioneering data visualization and analysis tool, Giovanni. The online workshop will be organized around four main themes: Earth system research utilizing Giovanni; Giovanni applications (air quality, disaster management, environmental monitoring, etc.); planned and desired augmentation of Giovanni; and educational use of Giovanni. The workshop will primarily consist of online author-led presentations coupled with real-time discussions about these presentations. Presentations and chat logs will be available online for review, for those not able to participate in live sessions. To indicate interest, please email Dr. James G. Acker, (james.g.acker (at) or visit the workshop website for more information.

Fourth Annual Space Grant Faculty Senior Design Training Faculty Workshop – July 19-20, 2012

NASA Human Exploration and Operations Higher Education Project in partnership with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Presents the Fourth Annual Space Grant Faculty Senior Design Faculty Training Workshop

NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations is hosting a free 2-day faculty workshop in the summer of 2012, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The purpose of this workshop is to prepare higher education faculty to implement the following Exploration senior engineering design course with a strong focus on the NASA systems engineering process:

“Hybrid Rocket Experiment Station for Capstone Design” by Dr. Edgar Conley with New Mexico State University

The course meets the quality standards of an ABET-accredited program and implements the NASA systems engineering process. All NASA engineering projects utilize this process; therefore, the course will help prepare students to work for NASA and space industry partners.

Workshop Dates: July 19 & 20, 2012
Workshop Times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 9, 2012 by 5:00 p.m. EDT

The workshop is open to U.S. citizens only. Travel reimbursements available on a first come first served basis.

LRO 2012 Lunar Workshops for Educators – June and July 2012


Photo of Apollo 11 lander and craters on Earth's moon.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a series of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-12. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to obtain the coldest measurement recorded in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!

Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with real LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with local, state and national standards. Laptops are strongly encouraged for those participating in this workshop.

Workshops will take place in the following locations:
— June 4-8, 2012 — Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, Colo.
— June 18-22, 2012 — Morehead State University, Morehead, Ky.
— June 25-29, 2012 — Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas
— July 9-13, 2012 — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
— July 30 – Aug. 3, 2012 — Museum of the North, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Alaska

Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed – July 9-13, 2012


Lunar and Planetary Institute Workshop: Mars Revealed - July 9-13, 2012

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and the ChemCam team invite high school teachers, both in-service and pre-service, to attend the “Mars Revealed: Evolving Technology, Advancing Science” workshop. This five-day workshop will take place in Houston, Texas, on July 9-13, 2012.

Attendees will investigate the geology of Earth and Mars, the history of Mars exploration and how scientists’ understanding of Mars has changed with advances in technology with each new mission to the Red Planet. Classroom resources will be provided.

Workshop registration is free. Participants will receive a $700 stipend upon completion of the workshop.

This workshop is limited to 20 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.

For more information and to register for the workshops, visit

Virtual Professional Development: Rockets to Racecars

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are the foundation for a successful career in racing, as well as NASA! Like driving a racecar or launching a rocket, mastering these subjects takes some practice. Bring the excitement of racing and the thrill of launching into your classroom. Take a pit stop to learn about the

Rockets to Racecars

Sign up for NASA's Rockets to Racecars professional Development workshop

. Learn how to get students “revved up” about STEM.

If you’re interested in receiving professional development activity units applicable toward license renewal, register and complete the four workshops in the series to accumulate five workshop hours.

Two sessions of this workshop series are available. Session A begins on March 21, 2012, and Session B begins on March 26, 2012.

For more information, visit

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Karen Ricks at

A Vision of Discovery! Understanding NASA Images through Art Workshop for K-12 Educators at OMSI March 10, 2012

An artist's rendition of the inner solar system

An artist's rendition of the inner solar system

A Vision of Discovery!
Understanding NASA Images through Art
Workshop for K-12 Educators at OMSI!
March 10, 2012

NASA’s Discovery and New Frontiers missions are exploring the solar system and sending back to Earth never-before-seen images. This workshop presents new images of Mercury from MESSENGER, of asteroid Vesta from Dawn, and prepares for the first ever close-up images of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt from New Horizons.

Participants will get the latest updates on these exciting missions from dynamic scientists, then learn how to use art to engage students in the appreciation and interpretation of NASA imagery. Techniques for inspiring and energizing students will be presented, along with activities that will help students analyze and understand science images using the elements of art. Additional activities will be demonstrated as well.

Special Speakers

  • Dr. Ralph McNutt, New Horizons
  • Dr. Bonnie Buratti, Dawn
  • Dr. Nancy Chabot, MESSENGER
  • Ms. Monica Aiello, Planetary Science Artist

The workshop will be held in four locations simultaneously on March 10. All locations will feature the special speakers and activities, tied in through NASA’s Digital Learning Network.

  • NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CA, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR, from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, Laurel, MD, from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

A registration fee of $25 is required to cover lunch and snacks. Everyone will receive a terrific packet of resources containing activities and curricula for all grade levels, links to great interactives, and more. For those who cannot attend in person, a webinar option will be offered.

Register now! For more information, visit:

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