Opportunities from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Join the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and NASA instructors for educator treks in February and March. The workshops are FREE and include take-home materials and lunch. For more information, contact Melissa Dowland (melissa.dowland@ncdenr.gov or 919-733-7450 x 613). To register, please print and mail the registration form along with a $25 deposit (will be returned to you upon completion of the workshop) found on the Museum’s website at:



NASA Educator Trek: Microgravity – Toys in Space Investigation

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, February 18, 2012
10 am-5 pm
Cost: $25 (will be returned upon completion of workshop)

Learn about the microgravity environment and how it affects the motion of familiar toys!  A NASA Education Specialist will highlight NASA’s microgravity website and education kits.  Educators will participate in a hands-on inquiry-based investigation of toys in space.  The workshop will demonstrate the actions of a variety of toys in microgravity for classroom comparison with the actions of similar toys on Earth. Participants will view astronauts demonstrating the same toys on the International Space Station.  This workshop will provide all the tools needed to replicate the activities in your classroom.  Take home resources and learn how to connect them to your STEM curriculum!



NASA Educator Trek: Climate Change – The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly!

NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, March 10, 2012
10 am–5 pm
Cost: FREE! ($25 deposit required, will be returned upon completion of workshop)
In this workshop teachers will get an overview of what we know about climate change and how we know it.  Enjoy some math, simple chemistry, art, videos, games, and student inventions.  This is a great, standards-based way to teach and inspire students to think about our impact on our environment and our place in the universe.