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Space Science for Teachers

University of Virginia

Department of Astronomy and
The Curry School of Education


Workshop Description


Contact Information

Resources for Teachers

Summer 2014 Course

The Space Science for Teachers Workshop will be offered through the

Blue Ridge Earth Science Collaborative

in Summer 2014!

The Summer 2014 workshop will be held at the historic McCormick Observatory from June 23 to July 3, 2014. The workshop is limited to 25 teachers from Virginia. Teachers will receive three graduate hours for participating in the course. The cost of tuition is only $150 and housing in a local hotel will be provided for teachers that cannot commute each day.

The Space Science for Teachers workshop is professional development program for teachers in grades 4-9 where teachers learn hands-on and inquiry based activities to address the astronomy, space science, and nature of science components of the Virginia Standards of Learning.

If you are a teacher in Virginia for grades 4-9, you will

  • Develop new knowledge and skills that will help you more effectively address the Virginia Standards of Learning related to astronomy, space science, and the nature of science
  • Receive $100 in materials to help you teach astronomy and space science
  • Receive 3 graduate credit hours (ASTR 5740) in astronomy
  • Use innovative technologies to learn the night sky and strategies to help your students experience, firsthand, the beauty and wonder of the night sky
  • Learn how to use a small telescope and have the ability to borrow a telescope for use at your school

The Summer 2014 workshop will be held at the historic Leander McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia. In order to participate, teachers must be able to attend all five days, including the evening sessions.

Please see the workshop description and the application information in the navigation bar on the left.

The workshop is organized by Professor Ed Murphy (UVa Astronomy Department) and Professor Randy Bell (UVa Curry School of Education).


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Funds for this project were provided by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The VSGC is a coalition of five Virginia universities, the state community college system, NASA, informal science education centers, and other state education agencies representing diverse science and technology interests.

Additional support comes from the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, the Curry School of Education, the Center for the Liberal Arts, and the Friends of the Leander McCormick Observatory.