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Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops for Higher Education Educators and Students

Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops for Higher Education Educators and Students (May 5, June 9-10)

The Center for Astronomy Education Teaching Excellence Workshops for Higher Education announces a series of educator workshops for astronomy educators. The goal of these workshops is to familiarize participants with research-validated active engagement teaching strategies and assessment materials, as well as how to implement them in their college courses. Participants will learn how to create productive learning environments, beginning with a brief review of research on the nature of teaching and learning. Participants will spend most of the workshop in the roles of student, instructor and critical friend to practice implementing new strategies learned. Advanced levels are available for those who have participated in previous CAE workshops. To learn more and register, visit

  • May 5 – Oceanside, Calif. – Regional Teaching Exchange on Implementing Lecture-Tutorials for Introductory Astronomy
  • June 9-10 – Anchorage, Alaska – Improving the College Introductory Courses Through Active Engagement: A Tier I (Introductory) Workshop (Fee)
  • June 10 – Anchorage, Alaska – NASA CAE Tier II (Advanced) Special Topics Workshop: Using Technology in the Classroom (Fee)

Planetary Science Summer School for Post-Graduates/PhD Students – Deadline March 28, 2012

NASA 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School for Post-Graduates/PhD Students (Apply by March 28)
(Apply by March 28; June 18-22 and July 16-20)

NASA is accepting applications from science and engineering post-docs, recent PhDs, and doctoral students for it’s 24th Annual Planetary Science Summer School, which will hold two separate sessions this summer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. During the program and pre-session webinars, student teams will carry out the equivalent of an early mission concept study, prepare a proposal authorization review presentation, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. By the end of the session, students will have a clearer understanding of the life cycle of a space mission; relationships between mission design, cost and schedule; and the tradeoffs necessary to stay within cost and schedule while preserving the quality of science. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of individuals. For more information, visit

RockOn 2012 University Rocket Science Workshop – Registration Deadline May 1, 2012

U.S. university faculty and students are invited to a weeklong workshop to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment into space. NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia is hosting the RockOn 2012 workshop June 16-21, 2012, in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. The registration deadline for the workshop is May 1, 2012.

The hands-on workshop teaches participants to build experiments that fly on sounding rockets. During the week, participants will work together in teams of three to construct and integrate a sounding rocket payload from a kit. On the fifth day of the workshop, the experiments will fly on a sounding rocket expected to reach an altitude of more than 70 miles.

Each experiment will provide valuable scientific data, analyzed as part of the student-led science and engineering research. The program engages faculty and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills critical to NASA’s future engineering, scientific and technical missions.

For more information about RockOn and to register online, visit

2012 Climate Science Summer Workshops for Educators – Application Deadline June 1, 2012

The Institute for Earth Science Research and Education, in collaboration with Queens College/City University of New York, is seeking participants for summer professional development workshops in the second year of its Climate Science Research for Educators and Students project. Funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program, this project seeks to improve student engagement in climate science by helping teachers and students develop authentic climate-related science research projects.

During summer 2012, two climate science workshops will take place in New York City. The first workshop will be held in late June or early July. The workshop will focus on understanding sun/Earth/atmosphere interactions and Earth’s radiative balance, a fundamental concept for climate science. All participants will build pyranometers, instruments for monitoring solar radiation. A follow-up workshop will take place in August. During the summer, participants are expected to conduct their own research.

All workshop participants in 2011 were from New York City or within commuting distance. In 2012, teachers from other places are encouraged to attend the early summer workshop, with follow-on activities to be conducted online in place of attendance at the August workshop. On-campus housing at Queens College should be available, and travel support for teachers from outside the NYC area may be available.

Applications are due June 1, 2012.

For more information, visit

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systems Professional Development Courses – K-12

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systems Professional Development Course for K-12 Educators (Jan.-April 2012)

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science, and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System (ECS), a semester-long, graduate level, pre-college teacher professional development course. DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) data and visualizations, and introduced the Educational Global Climate Modeling (EdGCM) developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a Plan of Action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through 21 course Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course. For more information, including a listing of course offerings by state, and an application form, visit


NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI): August 1-12, 2011

The NASA Dryden Flight Research Center Pre-Service Teacher Institute (PSTI) is a two-week summer residential program for college students who are preparing to teach in elementary or middle schools. The program is designed to increase students’ skills in teaching mathematics and science, while incorporating technology in the curriculum. This is achieved through the development of a problem-based learning (PBL) aerospace theme. Each student is assigned to an Institute Flight Team. Students develop a lesson that they teach to children from a local school and will teach in an elementary or middle school when they return home. PSTI will be held August 1-12, 2011 and financial support is provided to all participants upon successful completion of all requirements of the two-week Institute.

Please see this link for an application and more information:

Training Workshops for Afterschool Universe Astronomy Program

Afterschool Universe is a hands-on astronomy program targeted at middle school out-of-school-time settings. It explores basic astronomy concepts through hands-on activities and focuses on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system.

A free, 2-day training workshop for U.S. citizens is being held on July 28-29, 2011, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This training will prepare participants to lead the program or train others to do so. Most of the materials to run the program are easily available at grocery stores and craft supplies stores. Workshop attendees receive access to a password-protected website that has resources to help with the implementation of the program, including a PDF version of the manual.

Registration for this training session is due July 14, 2011. Register by visiting
For more information about the program, visit
Questions about this program should be directed to the project coordinator at

CubeLabsSM Payload Developers Weorkshop – July 11-15, 2011

July 11-15, 2011
Lexington, KY

Registration Fee: General $1,450 / Student $1,250
Registration Deadline: June 15, 2011; Space is limited so register early.

Increased access to space and rapid advances in micro technologies are opening-up a range of exciting new R&D and entrepreneurial opportunities in low earth orbit particularly on the International Space Station (ISS). These small, low cost but potentially high-value payloads have a range of important educational and commercial applications in biomedicine, advanced materials, energy STEM, etc. CubeLabsSM, a form factor similar to CubeSats, have been developed and tested to serve as a mini laboratory on the NanoRacks Platform to conduct these studies aboard ISS. This workshop will provide you with the knowledge, tools and contacts needed to design and fly a successful experiment to ISS.

This unique 4+ day workshop will be held on July 11-15, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky. The workshop will cover all aspects of designing, developing, integrating and operating science experiments aboard the International Space Station (ISS) using the existing NanoRacks R&D Platform and supporting CubeLabSM modules. The workshop will be presented by a team with a proven track record of student-built hardware, K-12 outreach and working with other teams to design, integrate and operate their science experiments.

To learn more about the Workshop, download a brochure and register go to

For more information on the Workshop contact: Kris Kimel, 859.246.3223 or
For general inquiries contact: Barbara Flexter, 859.246.3221 or
This Workshop is presented by Kentucky Space LLC and NanoRacks LLC in cooperation with the NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs.

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