Get free math and science teaching materials, attend training workshops and get hands-on demonstrations to illustrate classroom activities. Find it all at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Educator Resource Center in Pasadena, California.
What can I expect from the Educator Resource Center?
- The JPL staff works with educators to find out what they need and provide appropriate NASA resources.
- Educators may receive single copies of posters, lithograph pictures, educator guides with activities, booklets and information on NASA/JPL missions (subject to supplies on hand).
- Educators can call the Educator Resource Center to learn about receiving materials via mail.
- Workshops are conducted at JPL in Pasadena, California.
- Each educator has unique needs, but here are some of the popular items teachers often take back to the classroom:
- Elementary educators covering the solar system will receive the Space Thrills Poster. The back side of the poster has nine printable pages, page four includes a teacher page with tips in teaching the solar system.
- Educators for grades 1 - 8 often receive "Reading, Writing and Rings," a literacy program that uses the excitement of studying Saturn to inspire and guide writing exercises.
Who Can Utilize the NASA/JPL Educator Resource Center?
All NASA Educator Resource Centers are free, however they are intended for educators. You will be best served if you fit in one of these groups:
- Classroom educators teaching pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
- Informal educators from museums, planetariums or science centers.
- Scout leaders and other group leaders.
- Homeschoolers, after-school program educators, colleges, universities and other education-related groups.
Planning Your Visit
- The NASA/JPL Educator Resource Center is located at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. It is open Monday through Thursday and alternating Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Note: Visits are by appointment only. Call ahead to make an appointment, (818) 393-5917.
- Sign up to receive NASA/JPL email updates, including education-related announcements, information on workshops and local events
- Follow @NASAJPL_EDU on Twitter to get the latest on teacher resources, workshops, tips and more.
- Become a fan of NASAJPL Edu on Facebook to find out about student internship opportunities, profiles of JPL interns and other cool NASA happenings.