The Lunar and Planetary Institute,
NASA Office of Space Science Broker/Facilitators
NASA Ames Research Center Astrobiology Team
NASA Space Grant Consortia.
Deadline: June 24
Please preregister using the link below. No payment is due now.
We will contact you immediately with further details when we
receive your preregistration information.
ancient rocks, extremely recent geysers, hotsprings that harbor
extremely strange forms of lifeYellowstone National Park
has them all in abundance. What do they tell us about the history
of Earth? What clues can they provide about the history of other
solar system bodies and the possibility of life on these other
experienced geologists, planetary scientists, and astrobiologists
on site in Yellowstone National Park to examine these features.
A four-day field study will be followed by classroom sessions
at Montana State University in Bozeman. Our goal is to relate
extremely old rocks and life in extreme environments in the Park
to conditions on other solar system bodies, combining field observations
with results from space exploration through labs, presentations,
and activities suitable for the classroom. You will also receive
extensive background materials, activity plans, references, etc.,
to take away with you.
workshop is open to 6th12th grade teachers and may be especially
useful for Earth Science, Biology, and Space Science teachers,
although it is not limited to those. Preservice teachers, school
librarians, early college instructors and junior college instructors
are also encouraged to apply. It's an opportunity to conduct real
research alongside scientists as well as learn up-to-the minute
results from space science missions. The principal scientists
will be involved throughout the workshop, in the field, in the
lab, and in the classroom; you will get to know the scientists,
see how they work, and ask all the questions you want!
The science team of geologists, planetary scientists, and astrobiologists
represent the Lunar and Planetary Institute, NASA Ames Astrobiology
Team, Montana State University, University of New Mexico, and
University of Washington.
in the Park at Yellowstone Lake Hotel and at Montana State University
in Bozeman have been confirmed. The Registration Fee of $560 covers
lodging, some meals, take-away materials, and transportation during
the workshop as well as scientist/instructor time. You will need
to arrange your own travel to Bozeman, where the workshop will
begin and end.
have done similar workshops using this model for several years,
including a workshop at Washington's Channeled Scablands as an
analogue for Martian flood channels, and a workshop through the
Cascade volcanos and Oregon lava fields comparing and contrasting
volcanism on other solar system bodies. The workshops have invigorated
our teachers' curricula and given them many ideas, samples (manipulatives),
and images for their classrooms.
help pay for your participation in this workshop, you might contact
the NASA Space Grant Consortium in your state and regional members
of NASA's Office of Space Science Support Network. Contact information
for these organizations can be found at
sources of funding include your local school district, and professional
development stipends available in your region.
hours or academic credit is available through specific universities
in your home state. We will be glad to answer questions that you
or sponsoring agencies may have. A preliminary itinerary follows
and will be updated shortly as the agenda is finalized.
be glad to provide additional information you may need, and hope
that you can join us.
Lunar and Planetary Institute
External Affairs Manager