The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium sponsors a wide variety of professional development opportunities, special events and
programs for educators, which are located in the "Conferences and Workshops" section and the "Special Events, Projects and Opportunities" section below. Although the items listed in the "Additional Opportunities" section are not specifically sponsored by our organization, we highly recommend each and every one!
Conferences & Workshops
Special Events, Projects and Opportunities
Science Workshops for Educators
For: 5-12 grade educators
Probing for innovative ways to teach science in your classroom?
Investigating how to stay informed about the latest science research?
Keep pace with the latest science research, engage in standards-based classroom activities and explore ways
to make science fun as you work side by side with Penn State faculty in our workshops. You can enjoy summertime’s
more leisurely pace on campus as you network with peers from across the country. Sign up today and find out why most
of our teachers come back to take additional courses in our series!
Workshops provide teachers with:
Graduate Credit and Act 48:
- enhanced knowledge,
- classroom resources and
- increased confidence
All educators will receive 2 graduate credits. Pennsylvania educators will receive Act 48 hours.
Science, Technology & Society by Green Design Educator Seminars
Educators attend three networking/seminar days to share their experiences related to implementing the STS by Green Design teaching strategy into their curriculum.
Using the Green Design approach, teachers have engaged their students in a life cycle
analysis of products and strategies that can lead students to a better
understanding of the manufacturing and growing of products in
environmentally sound ways.
The STS by Green Design seminars are co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium. Contact Charylene Philp for more information:
Dr. Charylene Philp
112 Carrier Bldg
Clarion, PA 16214
Tel: (814) 226-3210
Fax: (814) 226-2039
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Governor’s Institute (STEM GI) 2008
July 28 through August 1, 2008
The Governor is committed to Pennsylvania’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Initiative. STEM is a cross-agency/cross-sector initiative led by the Department of Education to prepare the commonwealth for a future driven by innovation and global competition. A cornerstone of this effort is the formation of a state-wide STEM strategy, to align and enhance existing resources while developing new programs and partnerships that allow us to engage in a science, technology, engineering and math education redesign.
Goal: Introduce educators and administrators to the importance of integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as a means to securing the economic future of our state and nation in a world of global competition.
For additional information, download the following documents:
Are you looking for a Guest Speaker?
For: K-12 grade educators
The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium awards fellowships to high
achieving Penn State graduate students every year. Part of their duties
as a Fellow include mentoring others on areas related to their research.
Several of our Fellows have expressed an interest in mentoring school-age
students. A list of our current Fellows is located at
If you are interested in inviting a Fellow into your classroom, please send an email to email@example.com with
your name, school, school address, grade, topics you would be interested in, phone, email and your deadline for response. Once we receive your feedback, we will try to pair you with a Space Grant Fellow.
The Fellow will then contact you to make further arrangements. Due to
time constraints, all requests may not be met.
Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe Educator Supplement for 5-10 grade
For: K-12 Educators; Middle and High School Students
In January 2001, the Research Penn State magazine included an
extended article on Astrobiology that was based on the previous year's
lectures presented during the Frontiers of Science Lecture series
on Astrobiology. The article, written at a High School level, is now
available as a separate magazine supplement and is appropriate for educators, students, researchers,
and the community at large.
Astrobiology classroom resources at the NASA Astrobiology Institute
For: K-12 educators
The Penn State Astrobiology Research Center (PSARC) is a member of the
NASA Astrobiology Institute. Astrobiology is devoted to the scientific
study of life in the universe-its origin, evolution, distribution, and future. This multidisciplinary field
brings together the physical and biological sciences to address some of the most fundamental questions of the
natural world: How do living systems emerge? How do habitable worlds form and how do they evolve? Does life
exist on worlds other than Earth? How could terrestrial life potentially survive and adapt beyond our home planet?
Astrobiology is the perfect context to tie together several units within your curriculum or introduce new and exciting
research. Visit the NAI website to find out about resources and workshops or contact our office for more information.
Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association Convention: Workshops and Exhibit
Every year, the Pennsylvania Space
Grant Consortium and members of the Pennsylvania-NASA Education Collaborative present workshops along with an exhibit
at the Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (PSTA) convention. The goals of the workshops are to
engage educators in the latest NASA educational opportunities, research and resources, and to improve student learning
by providing ideas for modifying and enhancing science curriculum. Topics for NASA workshops at the 2003 convention
include the Centennial of Flight, Astrobiology, Mars Exploration, the Sun-Earth Connection and the Spirit of Exploration
with Lewis and Clark. Our exhibit provides information on NASA educational resources that serve PA educators and students.
We hope to see you there!
Exploration Day at Penn State (annual)
For: All Ages
Date: Annually in April
Exploration Day at Penn State is a celebration of science, technology and engineering research and activities. Join us as we explore Earth, air and
space research and education through poster displays, hands-on activities and presentations. Educators and
students can sign up for giveaways. The annual event is sponsored by the
Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium and is a supplement to the national Space Day celebration.
For more information on Exploration Day at Penn State, visit http://www.explorationday.psu.edu.
Space Explorers Simulated NASA Missions (ongoing)
Space Explorers promotes discovery, inquiry, and analysis by offering standards-based curricula, mission simulations, and experiments that incorporate
actual NASA data. Through these Internet-based programs, the company strives to inspire a new generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, math and technology.
NASA Educators Website
For: K-12 Grade Educators
The NASA Educators website contains information for teachers and students, including workshops, funding opportunities, challenges and special events.
Space Exploration Educators Conference
For: K-12 Grade Educators
Date: Annually in February
Space Center Houston hosts the Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference in February every year.
All K-12 educators are invited for two "intense days of complete submersion into the
world of the International Space Station. Attend sessions hosted by the actual scientists,
engineers, and astronauts that are working to make the Space Station a reality."
NASA Explorer Schools
For: K-12 Grade Educators
Become a NASA Explorer School and your school or school district will enter
into a unique three-year partnership with NASA to bring exciting
opportunities to educators, students, and families through:
- Sustained professional development,
- Exciting student learning opportunities,
- Integration of technology, and
- Involvement of families.
Competitive applications and selection of the NES teams occur each spring. Up to 50 teams will be added each year, for a maximum total of 150 teams.
NASA LiftOff Summer Institute
For: 6-12 Grade Educators
Date: Annually in the summer
Beginning in the summer of 1990, the Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated a summer series of educational/training workshops for teachers. These aerospace workshops, called LiftOff Summer Institute, emphasize science, mathematics, and engineering learning experiences by incorporating a different NASA mission area as the central theme each year. Teacher participants are provided with knowledge, materials, and experience through hands-on, minds-on activities and field trips that promote aerospace enrichment activities to others.
NASA's Mission to Mars Educators Resources
For: K-12 Educators and Students
Check out the following websites to help you follow NASA's missions to Mars...
National Space Day Celebration (annual)
For: K-12 students and general public (Space Day Design Challenges are for 4th-8th grade)
Date: first Friday in May
"Since its launch in 1997, the Space Day educational initiative, which takes place on the first
Thursday of each May, has evolved into a massive grassroots effort dedicated to the extraordinary
achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration and use of space. The ultimate goal is
to promote math, science, technology and engineering education by nurturing young peoples' enthusiasm
for the wonders of the universe and inspiring them to continue the stellar work of today's space explorers."
Penn State Continuing Education and Professional Development for Educators
For: PreK-12 + educators
Find out about courses, workshops, and conferences at Penn State. You can search by program, subject, location or keyword.
Solar System Ambassador Program
For: Educators, space enthusiasts, anyone interested in NASA research
If you are a space enthusiast who is active in your community then you may want to become a Solar System Ambassador.
The Solar System Ambassador Program is a public
outreach program designed to work with motivated
volunteers across the nation. Volunteers are asked to
organize and conduct public events that
communicate exciting discoveries and plans for
exploration in Solar System research and technology
through non-traditional forums.
Solar System Educators Program
For: K-12 Educators and Informal Educators
Do you get excited about the latest NASA missions? Are you a formal or informal educator? Are you able to conduct teacher workshops? If yes, then you may be interested in becoming a Solar System Educator. The goal of the Solar System Educators Program (SSEP) is to inspire America's students, create learning opportunities, and enlighten inquisitive minds by engaging them in the Solar System exploration efforts conducted by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). All Solar System Educators agree to complete a minimum of 3 outreach workshops reaching at least 100 teachers each year.
for more information.
STREAMS Environmental Education Curriculum
For: 5-8 Grade Educators
STREAMS is "an interdisciplinary environmental education and water
study program incorporating national science and math standards, authentic
assessment, field studies, technology and student/community activism."
The STREAMS website provides all the curriculum information you need to incorporate
STREAMS environmental lessons into your classroom.
Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Education
For: K-12 Educators
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants program is the largest K-12 science teacher grant program in the nation. They annually award 50 grants up to $10,000 each and will begin to award mini-grants of $2500 for smaller
projects. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be
implemented in their school or school district over a one-year
period. Toyota TAPESTRY projects demonstrate creativity,
involve risk-taking, possess a visionary quality, and model a
novel way of presenting science. Visit the website for more information.
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Last Updated: January 11, 2007