Two workshops will be presented in November by Susan Kohler, the NASA Education Professional Development Specialist for Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The workshops will both be held at Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan.

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, participants can receive Lunar Certification Training, allowing their organization to borrow and display lunar rocks and meteorites. Teachers and other participants will learn how to use lunar and meteorite samples to engage students and others in hands-on, minds-on, words-on activities. The activities and NASA educational websites introduced will provide new curriculum ideas and all participants will be qualified to obtain and use lunar and meteorite samples in their classrooms, libraries or other locations.

On Friday, November 7, 2014, the NASA workshop will focus on Engineering Design for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) Teachers. This STEM workshop will guide participants through hands-on and inquiry based learning activities related to Newton’s laws and the Engineering Design process. Educators will practice the 21st Century Learning Skills including: solving problems, collaboration and evidentiary arguments. Participating educators will be able to use what they have learned at this workshop to engage their students in problem-based learning, solving STEM challenges using inquiry based science activities from NASA curriculum guides. The activities and NASA educational websites introduced will provide educators with new ideas.

More about Susan….

Susan holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College as well as a Bachelors degree of Science in Biology and Neuroscience from Ramapo College in New Jersey. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational leadership experience. She has served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Math/Science Consultant and Asst. Superintendent. Susan taught science for 13 years at the high school level. Her expertise in STEM and professional development is combined with her knowledge of new technology trends and innovative instructional strategies.

Both workshops will run from 9 am to 3 pm. There is no cost for either workshop, SCECHs will be offered pending approval and lunch will be provided. There are still a few places available in each workshop. For more information or to register, email Cheri at or call her at 231.536.3369 or 877.833.4254.


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