September 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop 🗓

NESSP’s next educator professional development will take place virtually (via Zoom) — but will still be hands-on! The two-day educator workshop is aligned with our next ROADS challenge (to be announced October 2020). Supplies will be mailed to participants who register by Friday, September 11.

The workshop is tentatively scheduled to run 4–8 p.m. on Friday, September 25, and 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26 (all times are Pacific Time). Instructional sessions will be followed by time to step away from Zoom and engage hands-on with the topics and supplies.

This workshop is intended for teachers working in schools and will cover the ROADS on Asteroids companion course. In October we will offer a workshop for coaches and other mentors who work with students interested in the ROADS on Asteroids challenge.

Downloads

Topics

Topics will be covered over the course of both workshop days. The material and projects are for educators working with middle and high school -aged students.

  • Scientific and engineering documentation — the Mission Development Log (MDL)
  • Search for signs of life — methane and CO2 detection
  • Search for signs of life — build your own microscope (Foldscope)
  • Remote sensing and aeronautics — drone basics
  • Engineering design — making your robot and lander
  • Programming for middle and high school students — LEGO Mindstorms and Makeblock mBot Rangers
  • Landscape morphology — geologic processes in a sandbox

Supplies

Supplies are available, at no cost, to participants who register by Friday, September 11. There’s a section of the registration form (below) where you can indicate what supplies you’ll need.

Robots — If you need a robot for the workshop, this year we are providing Makeblock mBot Ranger robots. We ask you to please not request a robot if we’ve previously supplied you with a LEGO Mindstorms robot, unless you need to support a class.

Who can register

The September 2020 workshop is open only to educators from across the United States. This workshop is intended for teachers working in schools and will cover the ROADS on Asteroids companion course.

Clock hours

Educators may be eligible for clock hours from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington.

Register for September 2020 workshop

Registration for the September 2020 workshop is now closed.

Post-workshop survey: 2020–2021

Thank you for joining us for our ROADS on Asteroids educator workshop! It would be very helpful for us if you could complete both the short survey below about how you may (or may not!) use the material we covered and the evaluation survey from Horizon that we link to after you submit this survey.

How will you use the material covered in this workshop (if at all)?

If you are able to submit for clock hours in your locale, would you like an official email from NESSP confirming your attendance during this workshop? (This is NOT necessary for those of you from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington.)

Thank you!

Thank you for submitting your survey! After you click "Submit," you will receive a confirmation message on-screen. You'll also receive a confirmation of your form via email (don't forget to check your spam just in case).

August 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop 🗓

Registration is now CLOSED for this workshop.

We are planning another workshop for autumn 2020. Please use this form to note your interest and to suggest a date in September or October 2020.


NESSP’s next educator professional development will take place virtually (via Zoom) — but will still be hands-on! The two-day educator workshop is aligned with our next ROADS challenge (to be announced October 2020). Supplies will be mailed to participants who register by August 10.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25. Instructional sessions will be followed by time to step away from Zoom and engage hands-on with the topics and supplies.

Downloads

Topics

Topics will be covered over the course of both workshop days. The material and projects are for educators working with middle and high school -aged students.

  • Scientific and engineering documentation — the Mission Development Log (MDL)
  • Search for signs of life — methane and CO2 detection
  • Search for signs of life — build your own microscope (Foldscope)
  • Remote sensing and aeronautics — drone basics
  • Engineering design — making your robot and lander
  • Programming for middle and high school students — LEGO Mindstorms and Makeblock mBot Rangers
  • Landscape morphology — geologic processes in a sandbox

Supplies

Supplies are available, at no cost, to participants who register by August 10. There’s a section of the registration form (below) where you can indicate what supplies you’ll need.

Robots — If you need a robot for the workshop, this year we are providing Makeblock mBot Ranger robots. We ask you to please not request a robot if we’ve previously supplied you with a LEGO Mindstorms robot, unless you need to support a class.

Who can register

The August 2020 workshop is open only to educators from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.

We will try to offer another workshop in September or October 2020 that could include other parts of the U.S. If you’d like to participate in a future workshop, please fill out the registration / interest form.

Clock hours

Educators may be eligible for clock hours from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington.

Register for August 2020 workshop / Express interest in future workshops

Registration for the August 2020 workshop is now open. Can’t make it or out of the four-state NESSP region? You can also use the form to let us know you’re interested in future workshops.

Professional development

Through our program of two-day workshops and weeklong summits, we offer professional development to teachers, organizers, and other science educators across the northwest region.

Two-day workshops

Workshops are two-day experiences in one of NESSP’s three topic areas:

  • Environmental science and remote sensing
  • Planetary exploration and robotics
  • Exploration of the solar system and rocketry

Current

Weeklong educator summits

NESSP offers weeklong educator summits over the summer on an every-other-year basis. Our next summit will take place in 2020 — details to be announced.

Our summer 2020 summit has been postponed.

Past

September 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop 🗓

NESSP's next educator professional development will take place virtually (via Zoom) — but will still be hands-on! The two-day educator workshop, running September 25–26, is aligned with our next ROADS challenge (to be announced October 2020). Supplies will be mailed to participants who register by September 10.

August 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop 🗓

NESSP's next educator professional development will take place virtually (via Zoom) — but will still be hands-on! The two-day educator workshop, running August 24–25, is aligned with our next ROADS challenge (to be announced October 2020). Supplies will be mailed to participants who register by August 10.

2018 NESSP Summer Summit for Educators – Seattle

The 2018 Summit in Seattle took place at University of Washington  July 10-14, 2018. NASA scientists and educators came together for a weeklong exploration of culturally relevant activities and topics designed to bring the excitement of  science, technology, engineering, and math into classrooms and informal education programs. The summit was geared to formal and informal educators working with middle and high school students.

2018 NESSP Summer Summit for Educators – Ellensburg

The 2018 Summit in Ellensburg took place at Central Washington University June 25-29, 2018. NASA scientists and educators came together for a weeklong exploration of culturally relevant activities and topics designed to bring the excitement of  science, technology, engineering, and math into classrooms and informal education programs. The summit was geared to formal and informal educators working with middle and high school students.

2018 NESSP Summer Summit for Educators – Seattle

Expanding NASA Opportunities for Underserved Communities

Join NASA scientists and educators  at the University of Washington  July 10-14, 2018 for a weeklong exploration of culturally relevant activities and topics that will bring the excitement of  science, technology, engineering and math into your classroom or informal education program.

The summit is geared to formal and informal educators working with middle and high school students. Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Click on the Seattle event application (English) or (Spanish) to register.

Featured Speakers

The 2018 NESSP STEM Educator Summit is designed to promote inclusivity and equity-minded programs to transform STEM education, making it more accessible to underserved and underrepresented students, teachers, and communities.

Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and planetarium director for The Franklin Institute  Karen Roark of the Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) Alejandro Rodiguez, assistant professor of electrical engineering, Princeton University. Myriam Telus  

We are proud to host a stellar lineup of scientists, engineers and educators from NASA research centers and top universities around the country. There will be special presentations by Karen Roark, educator professional development specialist from NASA Ames Research Center/Texas State University, and  Ali Jackson, director of the National Informal STEM Education Network’s  (NISE Net) National Collaborative Projects – Sciencenter.

Other presenters are Myriam Telus, cosmochemist and assistant professor in Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz; Rodolfo Montez, astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Rafael Martínez Galarza, Staff Astrophysicist at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; Derrick Pitts,  chief astronomer and planetarium director for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia; and Alejandro Rodriguez, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Princeton University.

Event Details

Summit events will take place on the campus of University of Washington-Seattle. Formal  registration will begin on Tuesday July 10, 2018 at 7:45 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. We will adjourn at 4  p.m. daily.

Sessions will be conducted in English. Translation services are available upon advanced request. For translation service or other accessibility issues, please contact NESSP outreach specialist Isabelle Carrera Zamanillo  at micz@uw.edu.

The first four days focus on how to make science education more inclusive, while the fifth day will involve putting in practice some of the knowledge learned during the different sessions through hands-on activities offered to invited middle and high school students.

Certificates of Attendance are available for attendees who request documentation at the summit itself.

TRANSPORTATION:  Whenever possible, participants are encouraged to utilize the lowest cost form of transportation. Participants who drive a personal vehicle will be reimbursed for mileage. To be reimbursed, participants must submit copies of their expense reimbursement form and receipts, together with a copy of their travel  route, as displayed by Google Maps or MapQuest.

Travel reimbursement requests should be submitted to Gwen Hallett, NESSP program coordinator, at gwendg@uw.edu. Requests must be submitted no later than 10 days after the end of the Summit. All receipts for reimbursement must be submitted in one e-mail.

Prior approval is required for any other mode of transportation, including airfare. For more information or to request approval, contact Rosalind Lastrapes, NESSP program manager,  via email at lastrr@uw.edu or by phone at (206) 543-1943.

LODGING & MEALS: Lodging and meals are provided as part of the Summit experience.  Accommodations have been arranged in the dormitories located on the University of Washington Seattle campus.

To secure your reservation, please send an email to Ms. Hallett at gwendg@uw.edu. Basic lodging expenses will be covered; however,  you will need to provide a credit card upon check-in for incidental charges and/or additional nights.

If you change the dates of your stay without providing sufficient notification, you may be responsible for the cost of the room night(s) applicable. Should you need to cancel your reservation, please inform us immediately in writing via e-mail.

Special Events

A “Fiesta de la Ciencia y la Tecnologia” has be arranged in partnership with local community organization to welcome all participants. Music, food and games will be offered, together with the chance to engage with NASA experts and scientists through fun hands-on activities to learn science.

About Seattle

Surrounded by water and mountains, Seattle is a hub for science and technology companies, including Microsoft, Amazon, The Boeing Company and more.

The University of Washington Seattle campus is conveniently located north of downtown with easy access to public transportation to the city’s many attractions and dozens of restaurants and shopping outlets within easy walking distance. The Light Rail station is located at the intersection of  Montlake Boulevard and Northeast Pacific Street and provides direct access to downtown Seattle. Metro bus service to neighborhoods around the city is also available from several locations on campus.

Seattle’s most famous landmark is the Space Needle, built in 1962 for the World’s Fair. Other well-known attractions include the Pike Place Market, the Pacific Science Center, and the Seattle Art Museum. A city of neighborhoods, visitors might want to explore Capitol Hill,  the Chinatown-International District,  or Pioneer Square.

From the waterfront, visitors can take boat tours of Puget Sound or grab a ferry over to nearby Bainbridge Island.  Mount Rainier National Park, though a two-hour drive from the city, is spectacularly beautiful and well worth a visit if you have time.

For more ideas, visit the City of Seattle’s guide for visitors.

NESSP Privacy Policy

All personal information provided via the registration form or in additional documents will be used solely for the purpose of registering participants and for providing information on the Summit to registered participants.

NESSP may use image, video and sound recording to record certain parts of the Summit. These recording will be used as archive of the Summit and may also be used in promotional material for future events.

NESSP cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the Summit. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

NESSP upholds an alcohol, drug, smoke, and harassment free atmosphere at all its official events. Should you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, please reach out to a NESSP staff member immediately.

2018 NESSP Summer Summit for Educators – Ellensburg

Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners

NASA Cassini Huygens Mission

Join NASA scientists and educators at Central Washington University June 25-29, 2018 for a weeklong exploration of culturally relevant activities and topics that will bring the excitement of  science, technology, engineering and math into your classroom or informal education program.

The summit is geared to formal and informal educators working with middle and high school students. Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Click on the Ellensburg event application (English) or  (Spanish) to register.

Featured Speakers

The 2018 NESSP STEM Educator Summit is designed to promote inclusivity and equity-minded programs to transform STEM education, making it more accessible to underserved and underrepresented students, teachers, and communities.

Karen Roark of the Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) Frank Kusiak, Lawrence Hall of Science 
   

We are proud to host a stellar lineup of scientists, engineers and educators from NASA research centers and top universities around the country. There will be special presentations by Karen Roark, educator professional development specialist from NASA Ames Research Center/Texas State University; Frank Kusiak of the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California.

Other presenters are Ali Guarneros-Luna, senior aerospace engineer and deputy project manager at NASA’s Ames Research Center; George Gorospe, research engineer for SGT Inc. at NASA Ames research Center; Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program; Daniella Scalice, Education and Communications Lead for the NASA Astrobiology Program; and Robin Kennedy of the Spokane Tribe Telecom Exchange.

Event Details

Summit events will take place on the campus of Central Washington University in Ellensburg. Formal registration will begin on Monday June 25, 2018 at 7:45 a.m., with opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. The Summit adjourns at 4 p.m. daily.

Sessions will be conducted in English. Translation services are available upon advanced request. For translation service or other accessibility issues, please contact NESSP outreach specialist Isabelle Carrera Zamanillo  at micz@uw.edu.

Certificates of Attendance are available for attendees who request documentation at the summit itself.

TRANSPORTATION:  Whenever possible, participants are encouraged to utilize the lowest cost form of transportation. Participants who drive a personal vehicle will be reimbursed for mileage. To be reimbursed, participants must submit copies of their expense reimbursement form and receipts, together with a copy of their travel  route, as displayed by Google Maps or MapQuest.

Travel reimbursement requests should be submitted to Gwen Hallett, NESSP program coordinator, at gwendg@uw.edu. Requests must be submitted no later than 10 days after the end of the Summit. All receipts for reimbursement must be submitted in one e-mail.

Prior approval is required for any other mode of transportation, including airfare. For more information or to request approval, contact Rosalind Lastrapes, NESSP program manager,  via email at lastrr@uw.edu or by phone at (206) 543-1943.

LODGING & MEALS: Lodging and meals are provided as part of the Summit experience. Accommodations are available at  the following hotels:

— Comfort Inn. Address: 1722 Canyon Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Phone: (509) 925-7037

— Super 8.  Address: 1500 Canyon Rd, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Phone: (509) 962-6888

When making reservation, please let the hotel know that you are with the “NASA Teacher Summit.” Basic lodging expenses will be covered;  however,  you will need to provide a credit card upon check-in for incidental charges and/or additional nights.

If you change the dates of your stay without providing sufficient notification, you may be responsible for the cost of the room night(s) applicable. Should you need to cancel your hotel reservation, please contact the hotel directly and inform us immediately in writing via e-mail.

Complimentary transfers between the hotels and Central Washington University campus will be provided to all Summit attendees on a pre-arranged schedule. To confirm your place on the shuttle, please send an email to Ms. Hallett at gwendg@uw.edu.

Special Events

On June 27, NESSP — in collaboration with the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs — will host a NASA Intertribal Pow Wow.  The Pow Wow will honor the traditions of the American Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest through song, dance, food and games, while offering the chance to engage in hands-on activities to learn science in a culturally relevant way.

About Ellensburg

Located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90, Ellensburg is known as the most centrally located city in the state. Its downtown is considered one of the great historic shopping districts of the Pacific Northwest, with a number of well-preserved 19th century buildings, many of which were constructed as part of the city’s unsuccessful bid to be the state capital. Visit the Downtown Ellensburg site for information on dining, shopping, galleries and museums.

NESSP Privacy Policy

All personal information provided via the registration form or in additional documents will be used solely for the purpose of registering participants and for providing information on the Summit to registered participants.

NESSP may use image, video and sound recording to record certain parts of the Summit. These recording will be used as archive of the Summit and may also be used in promotional material for future events.

NESSP cannot accept liability for personal accidents, nor loss of or damage to private property of participants, either during or directly arising from the Summit. Participants should make their own arrangements with respect to health and travel insurance.

NESSP upholds an alcohol, drug, smoke, and harassment free atmosphere at all its official events. Should you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, please reach out to a NESSP staff member immediately.

Apply now for NESSP Regional Summits

Applications for NESSP’s 2018 STEM educator summits are still open.

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Topics will also include connections to NASA missions and scientists.

Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Preference will be given to educators who commit to facilitating a NESSP-funded summer camp in their community.
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The first summit — Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners — will be held June 25-29, 2018 in Ellensburg, WA.

The second summit — Expanding NASA Opportunities for Underserved Communities Summit — will be held July 10-14, 2018 in Seattle, WA.

Questions? Please email nwesspipeline@gmail.com or call (206) 543-1943.

Summer Camp Training Workshop — 2018

Workshop are now closed. If you are interested in getting some experience in STEM oriented hands-on activities, please sign up for our Summits.

Each year the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) offers support and training for educators to conduct NESSP-funded, weeklong summer camps for middle and high school students in underserved communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. Camps focus on topics in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics.

This spring NESSP is offering three two-day training sessions for community educators who wish to facilitate a camp in their communities in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Training session will have the following themes:

  1. Environmental science and remote sensing: May 5 – 6, 2018 in Seattle, WA
  2. Planetary exploration and robotics: May 19 – 20, 2018 in Missoula, MT
  3. Exploration of the solar system and rocketry: May 19 – 20, 2018 in McMinnville, OR

Lodging and meals will be provided for all participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Preference will be given to educators who demonstrate an ability to recruit a high number of under-served students (i.e. students underrepresented in STEM and/or students receiving free or reduced-fee lunches) to participate in their summer camp.

Camp facilitators will be provided with camp curriculum, required materials, and access to a network of subject matter experts. Lead camp facilitators will receive a $1,500 stipend to compensate them for their efforts. Camp para-educators will receive a $1,000 stipend. Camp facilitators will commit to securing the location for the summer camp, recruiting students, facilitating the summer camp, and returning all loaned materials and required reporting.

Apply Now for NESSP Regional Summits and Teacher Workshops

Applications for NESSP’s 2018 STEM educator summits and teacher training workshops are now open.

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Our education summits will bring together formal and informal educators to discuss and be trained in engaging hands-on activities with a culturally relevant focus designed to motivate and enable middle and high school students to be more successful in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) topics.

Topics will also include connections to NASA missions and scientists.

Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Preference will be given to educators who commit to facilitating a NESSP-funded summer camp in their community.
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The first summit — Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners — will be held June 25-29, 2018 in Ellensburg, WA.

The second summit — Expanding NASA Opportunities for Underserved Communities Summit — will be held July 10-14, 2018 in Seattle, WA.

Unable to make these dates? See our schedule of weekend workshops planned throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Once you have applied to participate in a Summit or Workshop, you can register the summer camp you would like to offer in your community at: https://goo.gl/forms/yk2HAEGFwXVcNmfA3

Questions? Please email nwessp@uw.edu or call (206) 543-1943.

Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners — Ellensburg, June 2018

Whether you are a classroom teacher or work with after-school and out-of-school programs, the Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners Summit will help you create and implement new hands-on learning opportunities for students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The summit will be held in Ellensburg, WA from June 25 – 29, 2018. Lodging and meals will be provided for all participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Please visit our new page to learn more details.

NESSP STEM Educator Summits apply a co-creation model wherein participants first understand education gaps, then develop methods for creating culturally relevant STEM activities infused with NASA science, to engage and successfully prepare underrepresented students through academic excellence for high wage and high demand careers. Summits will also include training for educators to offer week-long, NESSP-funded summer camps in their community.

Preference will be given to educators who commit to facilitating a summer camp in their community, and educators that can demonstrate the ability to recruit a high number of underserved students (i.e. students underrepresented in STEM and students receiving free or reduced-fee lunches) to participate in a summer camp.

Camp facilitators will be provided with camp curriculum, required materials, and access to a network of subject matter experts. Lead camp facilitators will receive a $1,500 stipend to compensate them for their efforts. Camp para-educators will receive a $1,000 stipend. Camp facilitators will commit to securing the location for the summer camp, recruiting students, facilitating the summer camp, and returning all loaned materials and required reporting.

Topics will include training for facilitating student learning activities involving LEGO® Mindstorm Robotics and Rocketry, examples of making cultural connections to the material, and an overview of related NASA Missions.

Expanding NASA Opportunities for Underserved Communities Summit — Seattle, 2018

Whether you are a classroom teacher or work with after-school and out-of-school programs, the Expanding NASA Opportunities for Underserved Communities Summit will help you create and implement new hands-on learning opportunities for students underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The summit will be held in Seattle from July 10 – 14, 2018. Lodging and meals will be provided for all participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Please visit our new page to learn more details.

NESSP STEM Educator Summits apply a co-creation model wherein participants first understand education gaps, then develop methods for creating culturally relevant STEM activities infused with NASA science, to engage and successfully prepare underrepresented students through academic excellence for high wage and high demand careers. Summits will also include training for educators to offer week-long, NESSP-funded summer camps in their community.

Preference will be given to educators who commit to facilitating a summer camp in their community, and educators that can demonstrate the ability to recruit a high number of underserved students (i.e. students underrepresented in STEM and students receiving free or reduced-fee lunches) to participate in a summer camp.

Camp facilitators will be provided with camp curriculum, required materials, and access to a network of subject matter experts. Lead camp facilitators will receive a $1,500 stipend to compensate them for their efforts. Camp para-educators will receive a $1,000 stipend. Camp facilitators will commit to securing the location for the summer camp, recruiting students, facilitating the summer camp, and returning all loaned materials and required reporting.

Topics will include training for facilitating student learning activities involving LEGO® Mindstorm Robotics and Rocketry, examples of making cultural connections to the material, and an overview of related NASA Missions. For a an overview of the summit and NGSS alignments, please see NGSS-STEM Educator Summits. A full agenda will be posted in the near future.