Thursday, March 14, 2013

MAVEN Educator Ambassador Workshop

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission will explore the planet’s upper atmosphere, ionosphere and interactions with the solar wind. Set to launch in November 2013, the mission will provide invaluable insights into the history of Mars’ atmosphere and climate, liquid water and planetary habitability.

The MAVEN Educator Ambassador, or MEA, workshop will bring together educators from around the country for in-depth learning experiences around MAVEN science. The goal of the MEA program is for participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to train other teachers on NASA’s educational resources. Participants will attend a weeklong professional development workshop and receive training on a variety of standards-based classroom activities, as well as receive follow-up support for several years. The expectation is that participants will implement some of the lesson plans and resources in their classrooms, as well as conduct teacher trainings in their local areas on the MAVEN mission and related educational activities.

A $700 travel stipend is offered, along with a $700 honorarium after a local workshop is conducted. Housing and meals are provided.

Applications are due March 31, 2013.

For more information about the workshop and to apply online, visit

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Stephanie Renfrow at