Emily Outen
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.

Judith Malveaux
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, N.C.
RELEASE : 09-001
NASA Invites North Carolina Teachers to Participate in Workshop Series

HAMPTON, Va. -- Calling all teachers in the Charlotte area. NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., and Charlotte Mecklenburg-Schools are inviting educators to take part in free workshops showcasing innovative teaching methods related to studying the moon, Earth and Mars.

Teachers will learn how to take their students on a field trip to the moon, design a mission to Mars or go planet hopping using math to explore and discover the characteristics of different planets. Participants also will receive free educational materials related to NASA mission activities.

The workshop series includes 30 sessions, each designated for specific teaching levels including elementary, middle and high school. Workshops will take place from Tuesday, Feb. 24, through Thursday, Feb. 26, at the IBM Center in Charlotte, N.C. Teachers interested in participating in one or more sessions should contact Tanya Shank at before Friday, Jan. 30.

"We know that teachers face an everyday challenge to make concepts exciting and interesting for students," said Dynae Fullwood, aerospace education specialist at NASA Langley. "Teachers will leave the workshop with experience in interactive technology resources, tangible resources for immediate use in the classroom, and increased skills in teaching science and math."

The workshops are designed to communicate science, technology, engineering and mathematics education resources related to studying the moon, Earth and Mars. Experienced educators or education public outreach specialists lead the sessions, demonstrating effective teaching techniques in an effort to improve math and science education.

"NASA offers these special opportunities to educators in order to help them recognize NASA missions as real world applications to concepts taught in the classroom," Fullwood said.

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