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Continuing Education

Space Science Essentials for Grades 3-12

Date: 8:00am - 4:00pm PDT August 1, 2018 Location: Wilson High School, 238 Science Lab

Wilson High School, 238 Science Lab

Space Science includes the classical field of astronomy, but also astrophysics, cosmology, rocketry, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and more. It is a field that captures the attention and enthusiasm of students of all ages.

Science educators face the wonderful, yet daunting task of teaching such a dynamic and constantly changing field. And they need to challenge, dazzle, and inspire a generation that has ‘seen it all’ on a little screen.

Through lecture and demonstration, hands on participation, and group discussion, this two-day course will provide key ideas in space science, modeling and practicing multiple experiments that every teacher can do in the classroom. Essential classroom equipment, safety training, and Next Generation Science Standards will also be discussed.

This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 3 – 12. Each activity will be presented with differentiation appropriate to this range of students. 

Course Objectives:

  • Provide a crash course on the key ideas in Space science.
  • Provide a sample essential equipment list and training. Participants will create the “essential box of space science teaching supplies.”
  • Model and practice several captivating space science experiments that every teacher can do, applicable across a wide age and grade range.
  • Safety training that focuses on prevention, and leaves teachers knowing how to deal effectively and professionally with common space science accidents.
  • Address the Next Generation Science Standards, learning how to foster a sense of wonder with captivating lessons while meeting the standards.
  • “Diversity Interludes” - five minute biographies of diverse space scientists. Discuss strategies to help all students find success in space science.

Course Details & Registration

Dates: Wednesday-Thursday, August 1-2, 2018, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Joe Minato, MTE

Graduate Continuing Education Credit: CEED-866-43, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: $250, includes 14 PDUs, Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%.

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

This workshop will be hands-on with participants taking home a variety of resources that they build during the workshop. All materials will be provided. There is a fee of $25 payable to Wilson High School.


About the Presenter

Joseph Minato, MTE is a science teacher with a BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MTE in science education. He presently teaches at Wilson High School as well as leading teacher workshops through the Center for Community Engagement at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. He is a recipient of the prestigious Polaroid Award for Outstanding Teaching at MIT. While classically trained in physics and math, Joe is a lifelong natural historian with a broad background and endless enthusiasm for exploring the wonders of the natural world from subatomic physics to cosmology, from molecular genetics to frog metamorphosis.

Joe has taught in a wide variety of settings, urban and rural, public and private, and to a wide variety of students, gifted scholars to troubled youth, small children to veteran educators. His favorite students are whomever he is teaching right now. His favorite lesson is whatever lesson he is doing right now.

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