Category Archives: Education

SkyFest in May

Join us for the next SkyFest event on Saturday, May 10. There will be night sky viewing at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in partnership with the JSC Astronomical Society. View Jupiter and Mars through telescopes and learn about the solar system through hands-on activities. This free public event will be held from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

IGES Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest


The 2014 Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Earth Day Photo & Essay Contest encourages students to discover the world and its ongoing changes through the lens of a camera, taking note of the shifting landscape around them. Students in grades 5 – 8 are invited to take a photograph of something that is changing in their local natural environment and write a short essay about the photograph. The photo can be taken anytime April 14 and 25. Entries and entry forms must be received by email or postmarked by May 16, 2014.

Free Online Course: The Science of the Solar System


CalTech is offering a free online course, The Science of the Solar System. Featuring CalTech’s Michael Brown, the course will explore the solar system using concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, and geology. Dr. Brown will share the latest from Mars, explore the outer solar system, ponder planets outside our solar system, and search for habitability in the universe. And the course is free! Sessions begin March 31.

Planetary Science Undergraduate Teaching Workshop at LPSC

A Planetary Science Undergraduate Teaching Workshop will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the Spring Room at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC). This year a suite of teaching resources for your undergraduate classroom with be featured including EarthSpace (an online repository for higher education materials in Earth and space science), strategies for using social media to connect and share with your education communities, and techniques for assessment that will support and help share the story of your education efforts. Please contact Sanlyn Buxner with questions at

Earth and Space Science Professional Development Sessions

Earth / Space Science poster

  • The Lunar and Planetary Institute is conducting professional development sessions at the Harris County Department of Education in Houston, Texas, for elementary and middle school educators. Sessions will be held in December, January and February, and will cover patterns in the sky, Earth’s changing surface, the solar system and seasons, lunar phases and tides, and characteristics of the universe. Advanced registration is required, and spaces are limited.

    Rocks from Space Educator Workshop

    Come learn about meteorites and Moon rocks from a NASA scientist and how you can incorporate space rock lessons into your existing science curriculum. The Harris County Department of Education (HCDE) presents “Rocks from Space” with Jaclyn Allen, Science Resource Specialist at NASA’s Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science, and Lisa Felske, Science Consultant of HCDE. The workshop will be on Thursday, December 5 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Workshop details and registration information can be found online.