MSGC sponsors teacher Earth Observation workshop

Take your students to Space to learn about Earth!

The Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) is sponsoring an Earth Observation workshop targeting middle school teachers in Maine.  Your middle school students can go on a simulated mission to the International Space Station, where they will learn how astronauts take such amazing photos of Earth. You will then use those photos to help students learn core concepts of Earth science. It’s a terrific opportunity to make Earth and space science come to life for your students.

The program has two parts:

1. One Day Summer Workshop for teachers – When: Saturday, September 26, 2015; Where: University of Maine Augusta (UMA). You will learn about Earth observation from space and how you can use photos to support Maine’s Earth science standards.

2. Space Station Academy for your students – With this online program, your students experience life on the International Space Station, where they learn to see Earth with the eyes (and cameras) of the astronauts. The program takes about 20 hours and can be integrated into your teaching/classroom for the 2015-2016 academic year.

MSGC will provide scholarships for seven (7) teachers to attend the workshop and use the Space Station Academy program with their students throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.

The workshop is also open, at no cost, to other teachers who want to learn how to use astronaut photos in the classroom, but can’t commit to using Space Station Academy in their classroom.

To participate, email Jana Hall ( by September 15, 2015, with your interest to participate. Please include in the email:

1. your name,
2. your email address,
3. the grade(s) you teach,
4. the subject(s) you teach,
5. the school(s) where you teach and
6. your interest to participate in either the academic program (which includes the workshop), or just the workshop

Click here to download the Space Station Academy summer workshop flyer 2015