Virginia Association of Science Teachers

Professional Development

Paid Summer Internships for Science Educators at NASA Langley

The Science Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA leads several science education programs including GLOBE, MY NASA DATA, and S’COOL. We are looking for several educators to come to NASA Langley this summer and work with our science education team. These internship opportunities are posted through NASA’s Intern program: These positions are open to in-service teachers; educators will need to register on OSSI and apply as a “student”. Contact one of the intern coordinators, Christine Dillard, for technical issues registering and applying at: Summer internships for graduate students or in-service teachers can receive a stipend $7,500 if interns stay for full 10 weeks. Shorter terms are negotiable.

Dates: Applications due March 1, 2017

Summer Internship: May 30 – August 4, 2017 (Full time, 40hrs/wk, dates somewhat negotiable)

$1000 Scholarships for Amazon Rainforest PD Workshop: Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu

The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use: 

  • 21st Century Instruction:  5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources:  Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives:  Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology;  Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:  

  • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
  • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.

PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic credit and Machu Picchu extension optional.  $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017.  With a scholarship, program fees are $1375 + air.   Space is limited to 30 educators! Register early to secure your spot!

Contact or 1-800-431-2624 for more information. 


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