System sponsoring 2014 Summer Space Institute

System sponsoring 2014 Summer Space Institute

Charles County Public Schools is offering courses through the 2014 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, early childhood space exploration, space travel and research, and a study of Earth. The school system is sponsoring the courses through its partnership with the Space Foundation.

The Institute is available for Charles County Public Schools teachers and certificated staff, as well as out-of-county teachers. Courses will be held at Theodore G. Davis Middle School and during two sessions: July 28 through Aug.1, and Aug. 4-8. Classes during the first session are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and classes available during the second session are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The schedule is as follows

  • Meteorology and Space Weather – July 28-Aug.1; participants of this course will learn about 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.
  • PreK-2 Early Childhood Space Exploration – July 28-Aug. 1; course participants will learn how to use ideas and lessons as part of inquiry-based learning for younger learners. Instructors will present teachers with age-appropriate, hands-on activities they can use with students that are specifically designed to instill the excitement of exploring the child’s world and their wonderment of space.
  • Biological and Physical Research: Long-Term Space Travel – Aug.4-8; this course covers the effects of microgravity on the human body and other dangers that space exploration presents for humans. Participants will also learn about immunology, brain research, cardiovascular and skeletal impacts and will have the opportunity to experience the effects of disorientation during space flight.
  • Earth Systems Science: Our Earth Revealed – Aug. 4-8; participants will learn about Earth’s geological history by studying weathering, erosion, natural disasters and global climate change. This session includes field trips and area field studies to provide course participants with hand-on learning opportunities.

Cost of a course is $50 for CCPS teachers, and $150 for out-of-county teachers. Participants will earn three professional development credits (CPD) per course. Registration can be completed online at Payment is due two weeks before the start of the course, and can be made online or by check. Checks 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 the name of the course and the start date in the memo area of the check.

Contact Monique Wilson at with questions and for more details about the courses. Online registration questions can be directed to Dawn Schaeffer at

Charles County Public Schools provides 26,400 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 35 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.

The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX Coordinator and Section 504 Coordinator (students), or Pamela Murphy, Section 504 Coordinator (employees/adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, Maryland 20646; (301) 932-6610/870-3814. For special accommodations call (301) 934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.


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