NASA Needs an Australian Science Teacher

NASA Needs an Australian Science Teacher

If you are a Secondary School Teacher with an interest in earth, planetary and space science, then the Spaceward Bound Mojave 2011 expedition might be just the professional learning for you.

This expedition is to be held in the Californian Mojave Desert from the 17th to the 21st of April. Spaceward Bound Mojave 2011 is a professional development program aimed at helping educators find exciting new ways to teach and link science. Participants can expect high quality professional activities and fieldwork in desert soils and microbiology, geomicrobiology, astrobiology, hypolithic algae, remote sensing, robotics and engineering.

Teachers work alongside Scientists and Engineers on current NASA field research projects and have the opportunity to network with teachers from all over the world to create exciting, new class materials. It is envisaged that the successful Australian participant will fly into and depart from San Francisco, linking in with other expedition members at the NASA Ames Research Center and touring other areas of scientific interest. You will have an opportunity to spend time working in the field with leading planetary scientists at the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, California.

NASA Spaceward Bound have once again extended this fantastic opportunity to Australian teachers through Mars Society Australia (MSA) and one lucky person in 2011 will gain an experience of a lifetime working with scientists, engineers and educators in the Mojave Desert. NASA are funding all expedition related costs while in the US.

If this sounds like the thing for you, please go to the MSA website www.marssociety.org.au to find out specific details and application procedures. Applications close on Wednesday 8th December, 2010. If you have any questions, please contact the MSA Education Director-Mark Gargano at education@marssociety.org.au