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NASA’s Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program at 2016 NSTA Conferences

Updated on January 3, 2017 - 4:07 PM CST
Posted on January 3, 2017 - 4:06 PM CST

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The Sustainable Trainer Engagement Program (STEP), funded through NASA SMD EPOESS grant, NNX12AC74G, conducted workshops at the 2016 National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conferences through its train-the-trainer programming for middle school science specialists in the Houston area. In 2016, STEP participants conducted 8 workshops and one short course at National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conferences; sessions were attended by approximately 350 teachers.

  • The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) trained STEP participants in Earth and space science content, activities, and professional development delivery, and provided input in modifications.  Activities and resources, organized by topic, are available at

  • Several STEP participants (Jan Grout, Carol Waters, Carrie Stokes, Wendell Colston, Devalyn Rogers, Nana Baffour, Meredith Harris, Brandy Laney, and Ana Fontenot) from a variety of districts in the Houston region, planned and facilitated NSTA workshops with constructive support from LPI.

  • STEP presented sessions at NSTA’s STEM conference in Denver (July 28-29) and NSTA regional conferences in Minneapolis (Oct. 27-28), Portland (Nov. 10-12), and Columbus (Dec. 1-2). Topics included solar system, seasons, lunar phases, and spectroscopy.

  • Evaluation results: 99% of session attendees indicated that the sessions provided useful applications for their classrooms, expanded their knowledge and skills, and rated the workshops highly (either 3 or 4 out of 4 points), with most rating the workshops 4/4.