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LPI Workshops at Harris County Department of Education
These Earth and Space Science workshops for elementary and middle school teachers will be conducted in September and October 2015: * Patterns in the Sun, Earth, and Moon Systems for 3-5th grade teachers, Sept. 17 * Cracking Up: Plate Tectonics and the Structure of the Earth for 6 & 8th grade teachers, Oct. 1 * Seasons and Lunar Phases for 8th grade teachers, Oct. 13

Mars Rover Teacher Workshops at the University of Houston
These workshops on September 18 and 19 are to help teachers prepare their students for the January 30, 2016 Mars Rover Celebration at the University of Houston. The workshops covers the basics of Mars science and how to use the curriculum. Registration deadline: September 11, 2015.

Rice Astronomy Course
ASTR 502: Teaching Earth and Space Science is designed for inservice and preservice teachers (grades 5-12), but Rice undergraduates considering a teaching career are also welcome. This class is an overview of the Earth and the solar system, their structure, evolution, and dynamics. It includes fundamentals of Earth and Space Science topics as taught in 6th grade, plus solar system content of "Earth and Space Science" and "Astronomy" Texas high school courses. This course will count towards the Master of Science Teaching degree, but other teachers wishing content enhancement are welcome as Visiting Teachers.

MAVEN Elementary Workshops -- ‘Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!’
The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission (MAVEN) will explore Mars' upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. The mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars′ atmosphere, climate, liquid water and planetary habitability. Join the MAVEN education team for a one-day workshop on the MAVEN mission and the accompanying elementary program, "Red Planet: Read, Write, Explore!" This program features six standards-based lessons that combine science, literacy and art to help students understand planetary habitability and the MAVEN mission. This workshop will be offered at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, CO on Sept. 12, 2015 and at the World Forestry Center Museum in Portland,OR, on Sept. 19, 2015.