Solar System Exploration Pre-Service Teacher Institute
the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and
the Lunar and Planetary Institute
Who: Future middle school science teachers and mentoring educators
Where: Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX
When: June 23–27, 2014
How: Limited stipends are available to accepted pre-service/student teachers
Registration is closed for 2014. Please return to register in February 2015.
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. What is science? How do planetary scientists conduct their scientific investigations? What motivates scientists and how did they become scientists? As we explore these questions, we will also discuss what we are now learning about the solar system, and provide a depth of content through a variety of hands-on and inquiry-based activities.
- Participate in hands-on activities for a variety of Texas Earth and space science middle school standards
- Meet planetary scientists and hear about the current research into how the Moon, asteroids, and planets formed and evolved over time
- Model your own lessons by engaging students in an activity at the end of the workshop
- Experience a tour of the lunar rock laboratory at Johnson Space Center first-hand
- Discover how solar system topics connect to Earth science, life sciences, and physical sciences
- Receive a binder with over a dozen activities, links to further information, and ways to connect to technology in the classroom
- Receive 35 professional development hours and 16 GT credit hours towards the TAGT Awareness Certificate
- Limited stipends are available to accepted pre-service / student teachers who attend this free institute: $100 for those in the Houston area, $300 for those within a 6 hour drive, and $600 for those traveling farther to attend. Stipends are not available to mentoring teachers.
Institute registration is free, and includes lunches. Participants will receive a certificate for professional development hours.
For more information, contact
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058