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March Educator Workshops Follow Mars Flyby
A group of educators participate in a workshop

Workshop participants will receive curriculum support materials. Image Credit: NASA

K-12 educators are invited to learn about NASA's Dawn mission and related educational materials at four workshops at locations across the country on March 7, 2009.

The workshops will take place shortly after NASA's Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to fly near Mars. Dawn will use the gravitational pull of Mars to help put itself on the right track to reach two of the largest bodies in the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres.

Members of Dawn's science and engineering team will update workshop participants on the spacecraft's encounter with Mars and the mission in general. Participants will also be introduced to hands-on, standards-aligned activities for elementary, middle and high school students.

The workshops will be held simultaneously at:
  • NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, Ore.
  • Denver Public Schools, Denver, Colo.
  • NASA IV and V Facility Educator Resource Center, Fairmont, W.V.
For more information and to register, visit

Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies