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Events, News and Professional Development Opportunities for Educators


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Adventure Science Center offers professional development opportunities to help you teach standards-based science that will engage your students and build your content knowledge on a variety of science topics. The education team at ASC is committed to sharing fresh ideas and finding low-cost lessons that add excitement to your science classroom. For more information or to register, email

"I was impressed… It was most evident that you invested a lot of time to help us. I would say it was a smashing success for everyone involved. Please include me in any future PD you host/organize in the future." –Ron G., 6th grade teacher

Growing Up WILD!
Pre-K to 2nd Grade Teachers
This nature-based early childhood program from Project WILD and the Council for Environmental Education offers low-cost, hands-on, active and thematic units that invite children to explore wildlife and the world around them. Participants receive a Growing Up WILD! activity book with more than 100 pages of lessons on art, music, movement, science inquiry, math, language and literacy connections.

In addition to Growing Up WILD! ASC will provide participants an in-depth session on how to develop engaging and age-appropriate learning expeditions to Adventure Science Center and how to incorporate that experience into your daily lessons.

Mark your calendars! The next scheduled workshops will be:

Thursday, November 6, 2014
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$40 (includes lesson book)

Thursday, January 29, 2015
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$40 (includes lesson book)

Space is limited so register early!

To register, complete this registration form and submit it to

For more information, please contact Stephanie Houghton at, or (615) 401-5082. 


STEM Boot Camp 
K – 8th Grade Teachers
STEM Boot Camp is a series of five day-long professional development sessions focusing on building STEM content knowledge, use of applicable resources, and learning how to incorporate inquiry, problem-solving and Common Core into classroom science lessons. Each day includes small group activities, presentations, hands-on labs, demonstrations, reflection, and the use of applicable technology and science tools.

Many teachers have asked us to devote days to the weather, geology, life cycles and space standards, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We will also include a day focused on the popular LEGO® Mindstorms® Robotics Kits. Register for one day, two days, or the whole week. The choice is yours. The cost for each day is $75. Click here for more information!

June 23 – 27, 2014
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
$75 per day

Learn more about last year's Boot Camp»



Prices and programs subject to change. For more information or to register, email


NASA/NSTA Web Seminars

Distance Rate Time Problems: Smart Skies
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT
Duration: 90 minutes
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This web seminar for educators of students in grades 4–6 features an engaging activity called “Smart Skies.” In this activity, students explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air traffic controller. The challenge is to use mathematical reasoning and distance, rate, and time concepts to change airplane routes and speeds to line up three airplanes safely and with proper spacing at a given intersection. Web seminar participants will receive an overview of the “Smart Skies” activity and discuss ways to modify it to include the engineering design process.

Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math—Lunar Rover
Target audience: Educators of grades 8–12
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. CT
Duration 90 minutes
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This web seminar for educators of students in grades 8-12 features the student activity "Pythagorean Theorem: Lunar Rover." With this engaging activity, students use the distance formula and the Pythagorean Theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of the Moon. Web seminar participants will receive an overview of the activity and discuss ways to modify the lesson to include the engineering design process.




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