About Our Workshops
What You Need to Know
Educators love our workshops so much that they come back year-after-year. Learn more about our programs and apply soon. Workshop seats go fast!
Workshops Offered in Summer 2013
- Black Holes: Gravity's Fatal Attraction
July 15-19 • Educators Grades 6-12
- Astrobiology for Educators: Is there life beyond our planet? And how would we know?
July 22-26 • Educators Grades 4-12
Held at Penn State-Abington
- Hands-on Particle Astrophysics
July 22-26 • Educators Grades 9-12
- Telescopes: Tools for Astronomical Discovery & the Search for Life on Other Planets
July 29-August 2 • Educators Grades 6-12
Our Workshops Provide You With
- increased science content knowledge
- access to cutting-edge science research
- standards-based classroom activities
- classroom resources
- networking opportunities with PSU Faculty and other educators
- increased confidence in teaching science
Earn Graduate Credit and Act 48 Hours
All educators will receive graduate-level course credit for each workshop. Pennsylvania educators may use those towards Act 48 requirements (30 hours for a 1-credit workshop, 60 hours for a 2-credit workshop).
Workshop material is expected to be introduced into your classes the following year.
Fees and Funding
The workshops cost ~$3000 for in-state participants (~$4000 for out-of-state). We ask that participants pay a small fraction of their tuition ($300 in-state, $500 out-of-state) while grants from NASA, the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, the National Science Foundation, the Eberly College of Science, the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and other supporters provide funding for the rest of the workshop costs. We also ask that participants cover their transportation to and from Penn State and meals while you're here.
NO housing is provided at Penn State Abington for Astrobiology for Educators, commuters encouraged. Educators are responsible for housing costs if applicable.
Housing and Travel
Science Workshops for Educators is held at Penn State University Park. Workshop sponsors provide all participants with lodging and parking at the Days Inn in downtown State College, adjacent to the Penn State campus.
Workshop participants are responsible for the majority of their meals and travel to/from Penn State.
The workshop, Astrobiology for Educators: Is there life byond our planet? And how would we know?, will be held at Penn State-Abington. For details, please visit the Astrobiology for Educators workshop page. NO housing is provided at Penn State Abington for Astrobiology for Educators, commuters encouraged. Educators are responsible for housing costs if applicable.
What to Expect
We invite you to take a visual tour of what you'll experience at the Science Workshops for Educators. Click on any of the thumbnails below to get started.
Frequently Asked Questions
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The workshop faculty were enthusiastic, engaged and open to adapting the structure of the workshop based on feedback from the teachers.
Anonymous workshop attendee from Summer 2011