School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

UTD to Host NASA Workshop on the Universe
For Classroom Teachers in Grades 5-12

Scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other space researchers will present a day-long workshop titled “Exploring the Universe: What’s Out There? How Do We Know?” on Saturday, April 2, at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). The free event is designed for teachers of students in grades five through 12.

“Participants will learn how to use hands-on activities and NASA discoveries to strengthen student understanding of characteristics of the universe and to reinforce critical thinking and problem-solving skills,” said Dr. Mary L. Urquhart, a planetary scientist and member of the UTD faculty, who will serve as workshop host. The event is sponsored by the university’s Science/Mathematics Education Department.

In addition to NASA and university scientists, researchers from other organizations, including the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Spitzer Science Center at the California Institute of Technology, will conduct workshop sessions. Attendees will receive free NASA classroom materials that are aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science for grades five and up.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building, Room 2.208. Lunch will be provided free of charge. For additional information or to register, please contact Carole Rest at the Space Telescope Science Institute, 410-338-4590 or On-site registration on a space-available basis will begin at 8:30 a.m.

  • Updated: December 19, 2007