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Marine Debris Webinar Series for Educators
Designed for science, math and physics educators, these free webinars (April 30 and May 7) will contain information on the science of investigating marine debris, the myths and truths about plastic "garbage patches," and will illustrate how scientists model and predict the paths of objects in the ocean. Each webinar will feature an interactive concept map filled with resources for use in the classroom - including videos, images and other resources.

Mars Through Time, a workshop for High School teachers
Mars Through Time is a four day, high school teacher professional development training, presented at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, July 8-11. It focuses on Mars science and exploration and the nature and process of science. 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.

Arizona State University Mars Education Symposium
The symposium, The Search for Habitable Environments: Finding Curiosity in Your Classroom, will take place June 16-20, 2014, at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Ariz. Join the Mars Rover scientists as they lead a five-day interdisciplinary, immersive educator field experience to explore areas on Earth similar to environments on Mars. Help expand your students' understanding of how biology, geology and chemistry are essential to this fascinating search for life elsewhere. Registrations open until all positions are filled.

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute in Houston
This free workshop at the Lunar and Planetary Institute is for future middle school science teachers and the educators that mentor them, and incorporates the Nature of Science through solar system content and activities. Registration is limited--apply now!

NASA Educator Workshop at 4 locations--The Scale of Discovery
Register for the 4th annual NASA Discovery and New Frontiers Programs educator workshop, "The Scale of Discovery." This workshop will take place Saturday, April 26, at four locations: Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA; Montana State University in Montana; Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX; and at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, MD. The workshop will cover distance, time, size, models, comparative planetology and more. The workshop will feature interactive panel discussions with scientists and engineers from all the current Discovery and New Frontiers missions: Dawn, MESSENGER, New Horizons, Juno, OSIRIS-REx and InSight.

Lunar Workshop for Educators in Maryland
Applications are now open for the 2014 Lunar Workskhop for Educators, to be held July 14-18 in Greenbelt, MD. Grade 6-9 science teachers and pre-service teachers are invited to attend a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.