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Workshop on The Heat From Within: Earthly Insights Into Planetary Volcanism   July 12-19, 2009   Eugene, Oregon

WORKSHOP  ANNOUNCEMENT  —  DECEMBER  2008

 

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  WHAT?    

   
 

The Heat from Within ... Earthly Insights into Planetary Volcanism is a NASA-sponsored field-based workshop for science educators. It will provide you with hands-on, real-world experience and classroom resources to enhance your teaching about Earth and space science – and the connections between these exciting fields of research.

We will visit and study different types of volcanos in the Bend and Crater Lake regions of Oregon, for themselves and as analogs for volcanic features on Mars, the Moon, Venus, and even the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune! From these field experiences and classroom exercises, we will build an understanding of the planetary processes that produce volcanos, and the patterns of volcanism on planets in our solar system.

  • What features indicate volcanism?
  • Why are there different types of volcanic features and volcanic rocks?
  • Why does Earth have volcanos?
  • What is the pattern of volcanism on Earth?
  • Do other planets have evidence of volcanic activity?
  • What patterns do we observe on them?
  • What does this tell us about the geologic processes on these planets?
In the field and classroom, you will work directly with scientists who are investigating volcanism on Earth and other planets. Classroom time includes presentations, discussion, and lab work. You will undertake tested, hands-on, standards-based classroom and laboratory activities that can be transferred directly to your students. Our field/classroom format will give you the personal experience and the knowledge base to teach about Earth, Venus, Mars and other planets in new, effective ways. See for yourself — explore the websites of our previous Heat from Within Workshop and our more recent workshops!

   

   
  FOR WHOM?    

   
 

The fieldtrip is aimed primarily for middle school teachers. Others welcome, including pre-service teachers, informal educators, education specialists, early college instructors, and junior college instructors.

   

   
  WHY?    

   
 
  • Experience the science first-hand! Gain insights into how science works — and how you can engage your students in exploration.
  • Investigate science content with the scientists! Drs. Allan Treiman and Walter Kiefer, and other scientists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, will be there in the field, lab, and classroom.
  • Invigorate your classroom curriculum! Participants from previous workshops have been enthusiastic about the workshop and materials. Most teachers report that their curriculum is energized with new ideas, activities, materials, and images.
  • Receive 60 hours of professional development credit AND buckets of useful classroom resources, including hands-on inquiry based lesson plans, readings, NASA materials, and all of the presentations!

   

   
  WHERE AND WHEN?    

   
 

The Heat from Within ... Earthly Insights into Planetary Volcanism will be based out of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon from July 12 to 19, 2009.

Sunday, July 12 Arrive Eugene, Oregon / 6:00 p.m. — Introductions and Overview of Trip

Monday, July 13:  Introduction to volcanos and local geology / Depart for Bend

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 14 and 15:  Visit several field sites in the Bend area to explore volcanic features and processes / Depart for Crater Lake

Thursday, July 16:  Investigate volcanic processes and history of Crater Lake / Return to Eugene

Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18:  Review field sites and discoveries, discuss volcanic features and what they tell us about processes happening inside our home planet. Extend understanding to volcanic activity and geologic conditions on other planets in our Solar System. Learn about upcoming NASA missions that will provide information about volcanic processes on other planets. Connect field explorations to student activities and understanding. Following an evaluation, the workshop will close by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Participants must plan to be present until the close of day Saturday.

Sunday, July 19:  Depart Eugene

NOTE:  Field studies will include short hikes, some with moderately steep pitches. The weather will likely be very hot and sunny. We will also go underground into a lava-tube cave. Participants must be in good physical condition and must be prepared to participate under these conditions.

   

   
  HOW?    

   
 

Use the electronic application form to apply for The Heat from Within ... Earthly Insights into Planetary Volcanism.

Registration is limited to 30 participants. Applications are due on April 7, 2009. Participants will be notified of their acceptance by April 14, 2009.

A $100.00 deposit is due at the time of application. The credit card will be charged at the time of application; however, applicants who are not selected will be reimbursed for the deposit. The deposit will NOT be returned to accepted applicants and will be put toward the registration fee.

Payment of the registration fee is due by May 1, 2009. Total trip costs including the deposit are $700.00 for double occupancy and $900.00 for single occupancy. Registration includes transportation during the workshop, lodging (double occupancy), breakfast and lunch, dinner while at the university, and classroom materials.

Participants are responsible for travel to and from the workshop and for snacks and dinner while in the field. Assistance in funding participation can be sought from school districts, professional development organizations, state science teacher associations, local private corporations, and NASA's Space Grant Consortium in your region.

A limited number of registration awards are available through the Lunar and Planetary Institute. These awards will be based on the combined merit of the dissemination plan described in the application and financial need. A limited number of attendees of previous workshops also are eligible for awards, but they must demonstrate in a strong manner how they have implemented their workshop experiences in the classroom and disseminated the information to their colleagues.

   

   
  CONTACT INFORMATION    

   
 

For further information regarding the workshop/field trip, please contact:

Ms. Katy Buckaloo
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113
Phone:  281-486-2106
E-mail:  buckaloo@lpi.usra.edu

   
   
   

 


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