September 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop πŸ—“

NESSP’s next educator professional development will take place virtually (via Zoom) β€” 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.

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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 β€” the Mission Development Log (MDL)
  • Search for signs of life β€” methane and CO2 detection
  • Search for signs of life β€” build your own microscope (Foldscope)
  • Remote sensing and aeronautics β€” drone basics
  • Engineering design β€” making your robot and lander
  • Programming for middle and high school students β€” LEGO Mindstorms and Makeblock mBot Rangers
  • Landscape morphology β€” 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 β€” 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.

August 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop πŸ—“

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) β€” 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 β€” the Mission Development Log (MDL)
  • Search for signs of life β€” methane and CO2 detection
  • Search for signs of life β€” build your own microscope (Foldscope)
  • Remote sensing and aeronautics β€” drone basics
  • Engineering design β€” making your robot and lander
  • Programming for middle and high school students β€” LEGO Mindstorms and Makeblock mBot Rangers
  • Landscape morphology β€” 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 β€” 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.

Summer Camp Training Workshop β€” 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 β€” Expanding NASA Opportunities for Native American and Alaska Native Learners β€” will be held June 25-29, 2018 in Ellensburg, WA.

The second summit β€” Expanding NASA Opportunities for Underserved Communities Summit β€” 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.