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K-12 Workshops Topics and Materials

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LPI K-12 Teacher Trainings

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 December 2016.

Additional Workshops and Short Courses – these workshops may be offered by other Earth and Space Science programs throughout the country, and are not necessarily affiliated with LPI.

Select Past Teacher Trainings

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STEP – This three year project provides select groups of 6–8th grade science specialists and lead teachers in the Houston region with in-depth Earth and Space Science content, activities, and pedagogy through 15 days of professional development, and assistance as participants then present workshops to other teachers in their organizations.

Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute – 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.

2015 Mars Through Time - A free, four day training for high school teachers on the relationship between technology and science, and the nature and process of science. Sponsored by the ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover and the Lunar and Planetary Institute; hosted by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX.

2014 Mars Through Time - A free, four day training for high school teachers on the relationship between technology and science, and the nature and process of science. Sponsored by the ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover and the Lunar and Planetary Institute; hosted by the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Unknown Moon –This page has links to hands-on and data-rich activities, powerpoints, and resources used in the high school teacher professional development about the Moon, its phases, properties, and how scientists are exploring its surface.

Around and Round: Lunar Phases, Planetary Orbits, and Seasons – This page has links to activities, powerpoints, and resources regarding teacher professional development on the topics of seasons, lunar phases, and the scale of the solar system.
Cracking Up: Plate Tectonics – This page has links to activities, powerpoints, and resources regarding teacher professional development on the topics of rock processes and plate tectonics.

Stars and Galaxies – This page has links to activities, powerpoints, and resources regarding grades 8-12 teacher professional development on the topics of our place in the Universe, scale and distance, the properties of light, the scale of our Galaxy, and classifying stars.

Past Educator Field Trips

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2009 The Heat from Within - Earthly Insights into Planetary Volcanism

2008 – Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology On Earth

2007 – Earth's Extremophiles: Implications for Life in the Solar System

2006 – The Heat from Within:  Earthly Insights into Planetary Volcanism

2005 – Life at the Limits: Earth, Mars and Beyond

2004 – Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology On Earth

2003 – The Great Desert – Geology and Life on Mars and in the Southwest

2002 – Extremities: Geology and Life in Yellowstone and Implications for Other Worlds

2001 – Planetary Volcanism – Field trip to Washington/Oregon volcanic field