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Free Online Moons Course
Explore the many moons of our Solar System. Sign up for this eight-week course to explore the rich diversity of moons, the fundamental processes that have shaped them, and the relationship between the Moon and the Earth. You will be under the guidance of experts from The Open University and elsewhere. The course is rich in high-quality text, images, video, audio and interactive elements. Starts Feb. 2, 2015!

The Design of Discovery Workshop
In this K-12 professional development workshop, participants will explore the stories behind amazing NASA missions, from initial concept to science results, with the people who make the missions a reality. Discover how scientists, engineers, and mission operators collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure that science goals will be met. Hear the latest on emerging science from the New Horizons mission as it begins to return images of Pluto, and follow Dawn as it nears orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. Be the first to learn a new guided engineering, maker-based "design a mission" project to help students understand the relationship between scientific objectives and the engineering and design process. The workshop will be held at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md.

NSF Research Experience for Pre-service STEM Teachers
A nine-week National Science Foundation summer undergraduate research experience for future middle and high school science teachers includes field trips to Mammoth Caves and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, as well as travel to the 2016 GSA meeting in Denver; a large stipend is provided and all expenses are covered. Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2015

McDonald Observatory 2015 Teacher Professional Development
McDonald Observatory is now accepting applications for its Summer 2015 K-12 teacher professional development workshops. McDonald Observatory will be offering four scholarship workshops during Summer 2015, all workshops will be located out at McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains in west Texas. Each workshops is a 3 day / 2 night program, scholarships cover most workshop expenses including food, lodging and program fees; participants are responsible for their own travel expenses. Available workshops begin in mid June 2015 and run through July 2015. Workshop topics vary from Solar System science, to telescopes, and cosmology. Application Deadline February 6, 2015.

Houston Earth & Space Science Workshops at HCDE
These day-long trainings are hosted at the Harris County Department of Education and conducted through LPI’s NASA-funded STEP project. Registration is required; fees cover lunch and HCDE’s costs.