Lunar Workshops for Educators

Are you a grade 6–9 science teacher?

Do you teach your students about the Moon?

Would you like to learn exciting, interactive ways to bring lunar science and exploration into your classroom?

All NASA science education programs and activities have been consolidated through the SMD Science Education Cooperative Agreement Notice (see selection announcement). Although the Lunar Workshops for Educators will no longer be conducted due to the consolidation, the LRO Communications Team will continue sharing LRO science discoveries through print and multimedia products, through social media, in public engagement programs such as International Observe the Moon Night, and via the SMD Science Education Collective upon request.

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!

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn about the latest discoveries in lunar science from LRO and other recent lunar missions
  • Reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts
  • Gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the Moon
  • Interact with lunar scientists and engineers
  • Become certified to borrow lunar sample disks
  • Work with LRO data
  • Learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards

The workshops held at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland include a tour of the LRO Mission Operations Center and the facilities where LRO was built and tested. The workshops begin at 8:30am each day and end at 5:00pm on Monday through Thursday and by 2:30pm on Friday. Teachers who complete the training are 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 may also receive 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.

Workshop Follow-Up

All participants are required to respond to electronic follow-up surveys in the fall and the spring following workshop participation, and to participate in a virtual follow-up session that winter.


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.

LRO's Lunar Workshops for Educators: A Proven Model of Exceptional Professional Development for Teachers, 2015
Abstract | Poster

Providing Effective Professional Development for Teachers through the Lunar Workshops for Educators
Abstract | Poster

Engaging scientists in educator professional development workshops: lessons learned from E/PO professionals, and tips for scientists
Abstract | Slides

Workshop Photos

NASA logo Goddard Space Flight Center


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