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World-renowned space historian gives MSU teacher workshop Nov. 2

October 6, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Space historian and author Andrew Chaikin (back row, fourth from the left), who was a member of the NASA New Horizons Geology, Geophysics, and Imaging Team celebrates the mission’s arrival near Pluto in July 2015. Photo courtesy of Andrew Chaikin.   High-Res available

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Award-winning science journalist and space historian Andrew Chaikin will present a free teacher workshop at Montana State University on Monday, Nov. 2.

The workshop, “Telling the Story of Space Exploration: A Teacher Workshop on the Convergence of Science, Writing and Art,” is designed for teachers of grade 4 and up and will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Rockies. Participation is free and limited to 25 teachers.

Chaikin is author of “A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts” and a member of the NASA New Horizons mission to Pluto team. He will discuss the storytelling behind his children’s book “Mission Control, This is Apollo,” then help teachers troubleshoot how to motivate and inspire their own students. Chaikin will touch upon some of the science and the technology included in his book and how to communicate it to students. Additionally, he will discuss the importance of art in conveying science and technology stories using his book as an example, which is illustrated with paintings by Apollo moonwalker Alan Bean.

Teachers completing the workshop will receive a free copy of Chaikin’s book as well as other space-related items for students. Teachers can receive 2.5 Montana Office of Public Instruction renewal units for attending. Following the teacher workshop, Chaikin will deliver a 7 p.m. public talk called “Exploring the Solar System: To Pluto and Beyond!” and participants will be expected to attend that talk, as well.

The workshop is sponsored by MSU’s Extended University, MSU’s National Teachers Enhancement Network, the Montana Space Grant Consortium and the Museum of the Rockies. Chaikin teaches an online course for MSU’s NTEN program on the history of spaceflight and space technology.

Registration is online at For more information, contact MSU EU at (406) 994-6683.

Contact: Nicole Soll, Extended University, (406) 994-6633, or