Charles County Public Schools sponsoring 2013 Space Institute

Charles County Public Schools sponsoring 2013 Space Institute

Charles County Public Schools is offering free courses through the 2013 Space Institute this summer to interested teachers. Participants can learn about space-related topics through exciting lessons and hands-on opportunities. Topics featured include meteorology and weather in space, space exploration, the future of space and space technologies in the classroom. The school system is sponsoring the courses through its partnership with the Colorado Springs based Space Foundation.

The institute is available for Charles County Public Schools teachers and certificated staff, and will be held at Theodore G. Davis Middle School. The courses will be held July 22-26, and July 29-Aug. 2. The sessions run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the schedule is as follows:

  • Meteorology and Space Weather – July 22-26; participants of this course will learn the different areas of meteorology and how to incorporate them into their classroom. Participants will also learn about Doppler Radar technology, pressure currents and vectors, and cloud types and what they mean. The course will also touch on the future of weather prediction.
  • Lunar/Mars Space Exploration – July 22-26; this course features information on what it will take to establish and maintain human life on the moon or Mars. Participants will also design and build a model of a sustainable lunar or Mars base.
  • Space History and Future of Space Flight – July 29-Aug. 2; participants will learn about the history of rocketry and space exploration, and will build various rockets to use in the classroom with students. The course will also demonstrate the structure and design of rocketry, Newton's Laws of Motion, and aerodynamics.
  • Space Technologies in the Classroom – July 29-Aug. 2; this course examines uses of space technology and transportation, design, robotics, communications, space power and space structures. Participants will also take a field trip to Goddard Space Flight Center and construct a programmable robot.

The sessions are open to CCPS teachers across all subjects and grade levels. There is a $50 deposit required to hold a seat in a course. Upon course completion, participants will be refunded the deposit and earn three professional development credits at no cost. Deposits are due by Monday, June 24.

Deposits should be sent to the attention of Monique Wilson, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, 5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata, Md., 20646. Checks should be made payable to Charles County Public Schools and include “Space Institute Deposit 2013” in the memo area of the check. Contact Wilson at for more details.

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,700 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 caring community schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.

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