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21st Century Teacher Academy
The 21st Century Teacher Academy (21CTA) is a two-week Educator Professional Development workshop opportunity designed to immerse teachers in best practices and methodologies to develop and implement real-world, Project Based Learning (PBL) curriculum using NASA missions. The workshop will take place at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Participants selected for this workshop will receive a $4,500 stipend. Applications are due April 30, 2015.

Free Earth and Space Science Workshop for 8th grade in Houston
The Lunar and Planetary Institute, working with members of the STEP program, will be offering a series of free workshops August 5-7 for 8th grade science teachers and middle school science student teachers; topics include lunar phases, tides, seasons, topography, and characteristics of the universe. Registration will be on a space available basis and opens by April 20th!

Mars Through Time Workshop in Houston
Mars Through Time is a four day (July 13-16, 2015), high school teacher professional development training focusing on Mars science and exploration and the nature and process of science, which will be conducted at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Participants explore the relationship between technology and science using the history of Mars exploration as an example. Participants also learn about and discuss the nature and process of science with each other and invited speakers. Registration is free. Travel stipends are available for select participants based on need. The application period closes May 15, 2015.

NASA Educator Professional Development: Hubble Space Telescope 25th Celebration" Webinar Series
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing six free webinars during the month of April to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. Educators are invited to attend and learn how to incorporate exciting images, videos, and activities into classroom instruction for students of all ages.

MAVEN Educator Ambassadors (MEA) For Middle and High School Teachers
In September of 2014, the MAVEN mission began exploring Mars’ upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the sun and solar wind. In this NASA funded program (August 3-7, 2015, at Goddard Space Flight Center), you will receive training to become a MAVEN Ambassador, to train other teachers on NASA Heliophysics and Planetary Science educational resources. We expect that the educators involved in the MEA program will implement the lesson plans and education resources in their own classrooms, as well as train other teachers at local and regional professional development conferences or meetings. Participants receive a single travel stipend of $700. Free housing and meals will be provided.

DREAM2Explore Workshop at Goddard This Summer
Grade 6-9 science teachers are invited to participate in a free workshop, June 22-26, focused on lunar and planetary science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon, asteroids, and the moons of Mars is growing and changing with new data from current and recent planetary missions. In-service and pre-service science teachers are encouraged to apply.