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Houston Mars Rover Celebration Teacher Workshops
These two workshops (Sept. 20 & 27) at the University of Houston will help teachers to prepare their students for the 2015 Mars Rover Celebrations. The Sept. 20 workshop covers the basics of Mars science; Sept. 27 covers the revised curriculum materials and provides examples of the inquiry based acticivites.

Rice University Astronomy for Teachers
"Astronomy for Teachers" wil be offered fall 2014 at Rice University starting Aug 25 (last class Dec 1) on Mondays, 6-9 pm. Can be participated in REMOTELY using Zoom. Several observing times at the Rice Campus Observatory, and at least one overnight at George Observatory for observing. Course cost: $1200 plust $140 in fees for three hours of graduate credit, which includes homework, quizzes, and a presentation to the class. If you just want to audit without credit, a tax-deductible donation of $300 per course is requested. Course credit can be applied to the Rice Master of Science Teaching program.

Free Emergence of Life online course
The free 8-week online course, which is led by Dr. Bruce Fouke, a Principal Investigator and Outreach Lead for the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s team in Illinois, provides an overview of the history of life, and connections to our search for life beyond the Earth.

MAVEN Workshop -- Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission is set to arrive at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. The MAVEN education team is conducting a workshop about the mission and the accompanying elementary program, Sept. 21 in Boulder, CO. The program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. Applications are due Sept. 15, 2014.

NGSS Web Seminars at NSTA
Use the summer to continue your learning around the NGSS with three free web seminars from NSTA. Presented by experts in their areas, the events will help K-12 science educators increase understanding of the standards and learn how to implement the NGSS in the classroom. Sessions begin July 15!

Climate Change Workshop for Oklahoma and Texas Teachers
This weekend workshop (Sept. 26-28, 2014) will be held at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station on Lake Texoma. Topics include current climate science, inquiry-base learning, state curriculum, and classroom issues.