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Virtual Missions and Exoplanets Curriculum Webinars
InVirtual Missions and Exoplanets (vMAX), students have hands-on, interactive, and virtual world experiences that use NASA data to guide their exploration of exoplanetary systems. The curriculum is free, flexible, and easily modified for both formal and informal educational settings. Join the one-hour training webinars September 21 and 22.

Astronomy Workshop at Harris County Department of Education
On Dec. 7, 2016, LPI will present an astronomy workshop for 8th grade science and High School astronomy teachers. Discover how astronomers study the stars, nebulae, and galaxies that make up the Universe! Create classification diagrams, explore the properties of light, and model the scale of our Galaxy through a variety of hands-on activities. Addresses TEKS 8.8 (A,B,C,D). Participants receive reference materials, hands-on lesson plans, and lunch. Materials and LPI education staff time provided by NASA Science Mission Directorate’s cooperative agreement with USRA.Advanced Registration required. ($30).

Elementary Space Science workshop at Harris County Department of Education
On Friday, Sept. 30, LPI will present this workshop for 3-5th grade teachers. Create models of the Sun, Earth, and Moon systems, and explore the patterns of their motions through hands-on activities. Make observations, and predict the changing patterns in the day, seasons, phases, and more. Addresses TEKS 3.8 (C,D), 4.8 (C), 5.8 (C). Participants receive reference materials, hands-on lesson plans, and lunch. Materials and LPI education staff time provided by NASA Science Mission Directorate’s cooperative agreement with USRA. Advanced registration ($20) required.

"Earth Science on Mars" Middle School Workshop at Harris County Department of Education
On Wednesday, Sept. 21, LPI will present this workshop for 6-8th grade science teachers. Engage your students with topography and satellite images, plate tectonics, and the characteristics that allow life to exist, from and Earth and Mars perspective. Addresses science TEKS 6.10(D), 6.11 (B,C), 7.9 (A,B), 8.9 (B,C). Participants receive reference materials, hands-on lesson plans, and lunch. Materials and LPI education staff time provided by NASA Science Mission Directorate’s cooperative agreement with USRA, and by the Mars Curiosity rover’s ChemCam instrument. Advanced registration ($20) required.

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