Explore Science: Earth & Space Four-Week Online Professional Development Workshop

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Sunday, February 12, 2017 to Thursday, March 9, 2017
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All 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit recipients are invited to register for a free four-week online workshop to prepare educators to present toolkit activities to public audiences. Through online forum discussions, live interactive video conferences with guest scientists, short readings, recorded videos, and engaging homework assignments, you will deepen your knowledge of Earth and space science topics, and gain confidence with strategies for engaging your museum visitors with these topics. You’ll also develop a concrete plan for implementing the toolkit activities, tailored specifically to your own institution and the community you serve. While the toolkit already includes everything facilitators will need to present the activities, this optional intensive workshop experience will provide educators with more in-depth training, exclusive access to guest scientists, and connections with colleagues at other museums who are also implementing the toolkit activities at their institutions.

This workshop is presented by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) in partnership with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), and is offered exclusively to the recipients of the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit. It is designed for museum educators and other staff who regularly engage with public visitors, as well as those who train staff and volunteers. The workshop is appropriate for participants with a range of background knowledge and experience.

Participants will gain the following through participation in the workshop:

  • Content knowledge in space and Earth science, directly related to the nine activities in the Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit
  • Strategies for engaging the public in the topics covered in the toolkit
  • Opportunities for rich discussions with 40-45 other informal science educators also participating in the workshop, both through live video conferencing and through online forum discussions
  • Access to the expertise of guest scientists from NASA and other institutions
  • Certificate of completion from NISE Net (pending completion of minimum requirements)


To participate in this workshop, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

  • Your organization has been awarded the 2017 Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit and the workshop participant has access to the physical materials in the toolkit.
  • You regularly engage with public museum / science center visitors, or train other staff and volunteers to do so. We welcome and encourage multiple participants from the same institution.
  • You can commit to spending approximately four hours per week on tasks related to the workshop.
    Workshop tasks include participation in two weekly live one-hour video conferences will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific. There will be a total of eight live sessions on February 15, 17, 22, 24, and March 1, 3, 8, 10.  The rest of the tasks can be completed as they best fit into your own schedule. While live participation is preferable and strongly encouraged, the live sessions will also be recorded for later review in case you miss any of them.

How To Sign Up

  • Space is limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis for eligible registrants.
    We will accept registration forms until Friday, January 20, 2017 or until the workshop is filled to capacity.
  • Registration for this workshop is closed.

​Live Session Dates and Times

​Live Sessions will take place: Wednesdays and Fridays at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific

  • Week 1: February 15th and February 17th, 2PM EST
  • Week 2: February 22nd and February 24th, 2PM EST
  • Week 3: March 1st and March 3rd, 2PM EST
  • Week 4: March 8th and March 10th, 2PM EST​​

Video Conferencing Technology

We will use Zoom as a platform for live video conferences during this workshop. This will allow you to view live presentations from guest presenters as well as interact with presenters and other workshop participants via your own audio and video. Zoom works on most operating systems as well as smartphones and tablets. Click here for system requirements. We do not want technology to be a barrier to your participation, so if you are concerned that it may present a challenge (e.g. you have no access to a webcam), please explain your situation in question 8 on the registration form, and we will do our best to accommodate you.


Contact us at afgu@astrosociety.org

About the Project

Learn more about the project: www.nisenet.org/space

Learn more about the toolkit: www.nisenet.org/earthspacekit


This material is based upon work supported by NASA under grant or cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).