Van Allen Probes: Pre-Service Teacher Workshop

Program Element / Activity Title:
Van Allen Probes: Pre-Service Teacher Workshop
E/PO Project Name:
Van Allen Probes
Contact Information:
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Rd, MS 200-E181, Laurel, MD 20723
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Short Description:

The Van Allen Probes Pre-Service Teacher Workshops provide professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate pre-service teachers attending HBCUs.  The training engages students by providing a more in-depth experience that focuses on the Van Allen Probes mission.  The objective is to improve K-12 educator awareness and understanding of the Sun’s influence on Earth and near-Earth space through the study of Earth’s radiation belts.  Students interact with scientists and engineers, and are introduced to mission-related activities and resources.  The goal is for the pre-service teachers to learn how to incorporate activities and resources into their classroom lesson plans to motivate their students to pursue STEM studies and careers. 

The workshops target traditionally underserved populations with the intent of increasing diversity in space science.  Students participate in hands-on activities and classroom lessons, and then develop individual plans for implementing in their classroom.  NASA resources for teachers across curriculums are provided, as well as links to educator resources.

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Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
Who is the secondary audience of your program element / activity?:
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Enhance STEM Experience of Undergraduate Students
Have your evaluation findings / impacts been published? If so, where?:
No, this is part of the overall Van Allen Probes E/PO effort which is ongoing. The evaluation report will be published at the conclusion of the overall project.