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Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop

Teachers Touch the Sky: An Astronomy Workshop This false-color image of Saturn, taken by the Cassini spacecraft, shows Saturn's rings and southern hemisphere. Image credit: NASA/JPL/ASI/Univ. of Arizona Full caption

June 18, 2013

What: The tenth annual award-winning Teachers Touch the Sky astronomy workshop

When: July 29 - August 2, 2013 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Who: Teachers, grades 3 through 9

Where: NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. -- Directions

Details: Space science is inherently interesting to students, less threatening to teachers than some other sciences and interdisciplinary in nature. These features make it the ideal vehicle for teaching basic scientific concepts to children in a concrete and captivating manner.

During the summer of 2013, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be holding a one-week workshop for teachers in grades 3 - 9. The teachers will be walked through hands-on activities that are all based on current projects in astronomy and space science at JPL, focusing on NASA's current Dawn Mission to the asteroid Vesta. The integration of the lessons into the teachers' own curricula will be discussed, and a field trip to JPL's Table Mountain Observatory is included.

Teachers will also learn of the resources NASA makes available to them, and they will have the opportunity to tour JPL's facilities and to talk to "real" scientists about their work.

Honorarium: Teachers will receive an honorarium of $500 for participation plus classroom materials (only full week participation is possible).

Enrollment: If you are interested, please fill out and mail in the application form. There is limited enrollment.

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This workshop is funded by NASA.