Grade 6–9 science teachers are invited to participate in a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is growing and changing with new data from current and recent lunar missions. In-service and pre-service grade 6–9 science teachers are encouraged to apply. The workshops are sponsored by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; they are offered to teachers free of charge.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the Solar System, map the surface of the Moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the Moon - and its potential effects on future lunar explorers, and much, much more!
The 2015 workshops were held at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The workshops included a tour of the LRO Mission Operations Center and the facilities where LRO was built and tested. The workshops began at 8:30am each day and ended at 5:00pm on Monday through Thursday and by 2:30pm on Friday. Teachers who completed the training were awarded Certificates of Participation as well as Letters of Completion that indicate the successful completion of 36 hours of instruction, printed on official NASA letterhead. Maryland teachers also received continuing professional development credits from the Maryland State Department of Education.
Each hands-on activity in the LRO LWE series is specifically designed to address one or more of the Next Generation Science Standards. Time is allotted in each workshop to discuss how activities can be modified depending on the needs of each educator's students, and how the lessons can be incorporated into a broader science curriculum.
The LRO Education Team follows up with workshop participants throughout the following school year, and beyond, to keep them informed of new science results and activities, answer questions, provide opportunities for participant discussions, and monitor progress as teachers incorporate workshop information and materials into their classrooms. All participants are required to respond to follow-up surveys in the fall and the spring following workshop participation, and to participate in-person or virtually in a follow-up session during the winter after the workshop.
Several of the activities, products, and programs featured in the Lunar Workshops for Educators can be found on the LRO Education and Outreach website
For more information about LRO's Lunar Workshops for Educators, see some of our recent conference publications.