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.
- Workshop flyer (.pdf)
- Workshop agenda (.pdf)
- Teacher note-taking sheet (aligns with the companion course curriculum)
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 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.
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.