The University of New Mexico
The Lunar and Planetary Institute
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Office of Space Science Broker/Facilitators
New Mexico Museum of Natural History
Sandia National Laboratories
The registration deadline has been extended to June 4, 2003
(or until all available slots are filled, whichever comes first)
Please register using the link below. Payment must accompany registration.
You will receive additional details by email when we receive your
"The Great Desert" is a NASA-sponsored training workshop for
science teachers, focusing on the geology and biology of Mars
through analogies on Earth. Field studies will include the Grand
Canyon, the Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater Volcano, the Jemez Caldera
volcano and its hot springs, and faults of the Rio Grande Rift.
At the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), classroom learning
will complement the field studies, and include up-to-the-minute
results from spacecraft exploration of Mars. Tested classroom
activities will help illustrate the field studies, and can be
shared with your students, school, and district. The field and
classroom work will be augmented by extensive background materials,
activity plans, and references.
"The Great Desert" is designed for 6th12th grade science
teachers (especially of Earth Science, Biology, and Space Science).
Preservice teachers, school librarians, early college instructors,
and junior college instructors are also welcome.
The workshop will be taught by geologists, planetary scientists,
and astrobiologists from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the
University of New Mexico, NASA Ames Research Center, and the New
Mexico Museum of Natural History. The scientists will participate
throughout the workshop, in the field, in the lab, and in the
classroom; you will get to know the scientists, see how they work,
and ask all the questions you want!
The scientist staff have taught similar workshops over several
years. Please explore the Internet site of last year's workshop
(Yellowstone National Park and Montana State University) to see
what we offered! Our training experience also includes a workshop
at Washington's Channeled Scablands as an analogue for Martian
flood channels; and two workshops through the Cascade volcanos
and Oregon lava fields to explore planetary volcanism. Feedback
on these workshops has been enthusiastic, and most teachers report
that their curricula are invigorated, and energized with many
ideas, samples (manipulatives), and images.
Where and When?
"The Great Desert" will start in Albuquerque, NM in early morning
on Sunday July 13 and we will travel directly to Grand Canyon
National Park. We will spend two nights at a lodge in the Park,
and return to Albuquerque. Housing there will be in the UNM dorms.
From Albuquerque, we will take a day trip north towards Los Alamos,
NM and back. The workshop will finish in late afternoon of July
19, 2003. A preliminary itinerary is given below.
The registration fee for "The Great Desert" is $600 per person
— this includes travel during the Workshop, lodging (double
occupancy), one meal per day, and background materials. It does
not include travel to and from Albuquerque, nor lodging the night
before the workshop. Registration is limited to 40 teachers.
Assistance in funding your participation can be sought from your
school district, professional development organizations, your
state's NASA Space Grant Consortium, and regional members of NASA's
Office of Space Science Support Network. Contact information for
the latter organizations can be found at http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/EPO/bfpartners.html.
Clock hours or academic credit can be available through the University
of New Mexico as continuing education.
Please call or email if you need additional information. I hope
you can join us in "The Great Desert!"
Allan Treiman, Ph.D.
Lunar and Planetary Institute