In an effort to bring high-quality professional development to teachers in rural areas of the state who often have limited resources, North Carolina Space Grant will host two to three weekend institutes over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year across the state for pre-service and in-service educators (~20 educators per session). PDI themes will be based on NASA and STEM ‘hot topics’ that are of relevance to the state of NC. Topics include, but are not limited to: unmanned aerial systems, high-altitude ballooning, CubeSat technology, remote sensing and climate/weather research. NC Space Grant students and faculty at Affiliate and Partner institutions will facilitate science/technology discussions (research), while NC Space Grant staff and other partners will strategize how research can be integrated into classroom curriculum that aligns with national and state standards. NC Space Grant will work with the NC Department of Public Instruction to obtain Continuing Education Units for participation in PDI.
More information to be released in Spring 2019