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Lunar and Planetary Institute
Johnson Space Center ARES
One-Day Educator Workshops Offered
at the Harris County Department of Education

8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $75 (includes materials, refreshments, and lunch)
Credits: CPE hours 6

These workshops address TAKS Objective 1 Nature of Science (scientific process, critical thinking skills, problem solving, and use of models)
and Elementary School TAKS Objective 4 and Middle School TAKS Objective 5 Earth and Space Sciences .


Please contact Liliana Maldonado at (713) 696-1306 for registration information.
For more workshop details, contact Becky Nelson


January 18, 2006 Extreme Solar System
NASA's current solar system missions — Genesis, Mars Rovers, Cassini, Deep Impact, StarDust, Dawn, and many others — offer extraordinary, teachable moments for space and earth science. This one-day workshop will build your confidence in teaching space and earth science as we investigate why humans explore, how we explore, and the current knowledge of the size, scale, and characteristics of our solar system. Participants will receive extensive curriculum materials, CDs, websites, and posters.

Session 08-00061
Audience: Upper elementary and middle school teachers

February 28, 2006 Formation of the Solar System and Planet Processes
Explore how our solar system and planets formed and have been altered over 4.5 billion years of geologic activity. Volcanos, tectonics, impacts, and weathering will be investigated for the terrestrial planets, including Earth. Participants will receive presentation materials and hands-on activities for the classroom.

Session 08-00063
Audience: Upper elementary and middle school teachers

March 30, 2006 Mars
Exploring Mars is exciting and in the news. Currently, multiple science missions are exploring the Red Planet. This workshop uses up-to-date mission information and images to teach Earth and space science. Through a balance of content and activities, we will investigate the formation of the Red Planet and how it has changed through time; how volcanism, tectonics, impacts, and erosion have affected Mars, and the evidence of water — past and present. In addition to TAKS Objectives 1, 4, and 5 , TAKS Objective 2 — Life Sciences (needs of organisms) is explored. Participants will receive presentation materials, activity packets, posters, and fact sheets.

Session 08-00066
Audience: Upper elementary and middle school teachers

April 27, 2006 Sun-Earth Connections
Explore our nearest star — the Sun— and its structure, source of energy, characteristics, activity, and influences on Earth, including our wind and water cycle, and auroras. Participants will also revisit the reason for seasons, seasons on other planets, and solar eclipses. Participants will learn about the most recent missions monitoring our Sun and will receive presentation materials and hands-on activities for the classroom.

Session 08-00067
Audience: Elementary teachers

May 17, 2006 Space Rocks Moon, Mars, and Meteorites
Use meteorites, moon rocks, and Martian meteorites to teach space and earth science. Hands-on experiential activities will strengthen participant's knowledge as they investigate rocks from space and discover what meteorites and lunar samples tell us about the formation of our solar system and how this science can be introduced into the classroom. By studying the composition and history of the planets and asteroids from which the rocks originated, scientists explore the early solar system. Certification to use NASA Lunar and Meteorite Education Discs will be offered. Participants will receive presentation materials, curriculum guides, and classroom materials.

Session 08-00068
Audience: Upper elementary and middle school teachers

Last updated
December 5, 2005