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MSU to host NASA workshop for teachers on April 26

March 25, 2014 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University is one of four national sites hosting a NASA workshop for teachers on Saturday, April 26. The workshop, called “The Scale of Discovery,” covers distance, time, size, models, comparative planetology and more as participants learn what it takes to make a NASA mission happen. NASA photo.

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University is one of four national sites hosting a NASA workshop for teachers on Saturday, April 26.

The workshop, called “The Scale of Discovery,” covers distance, time, size, models, comparative planetology and more as participants learn what it takes to make a NASA mission happen. Attendance at the event, which is presented by NASA's Discovery and New Frontiers Programs, can earn educators Continuing Education Credits / OPI renewal units.

The workshop takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in MSU Extended University's interactive classroom EPS 126. In addition to MSU, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., will also host the event.

Speakers, who will join live and via interactive videoconference, are NASA mission scientists, engineers and education professionals representing the Discovery and New Frontiers missions, which include InSight, Juno, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx, New Horizons and MESSENGER. In 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft will reach its flyby of the Pluto system, and Dawn will have its first close-up view of the icy dwarf planet Ceres. MESSENGER continues to return images from its Mercury orbit, while Juno powers its way toward Jupiter. The OSIRIS-REx mission to return an asteroid sample to Earth and the InSight Mars lander are on track for launch in 2016.

Presenters will share how they collaborate to meet the challenges of complex missions to assure the science goals will be met, and participants will investigate what it takes to move a fantastic idea — like scooping up samples of an asteroid and dropping them back off on Earth for analysis — from dream to reality.

Participating educators will take home hands-on, standards-aligned science and engineering activities and interactive multimedia appropriate for K-12 and extracurricular educators. They will also receive additional resource materials, including a CD containing mission-designed curriculum and activities for all grade levels, plus posters, bookmarks, stickers and more.

Registration is $25, which includes lunch and snacks. Register prior to the event at:
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/scale_of_discovery.asp

Contact: Keri Hallau, khallau@montana.edu.