Educator Events

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EDUCATOR EVENTS

Educator Workshops (full listing below)

Get ready for Science + Engineering! The Leonardo’s workshops for K-12 educators offer strategies for teaching science, engineering design, coding and more! Earn up to two relicensure points for attending.

While you join us for a Saturday workshop, children in your immediate family (up to 4 members, ages 5-12) are invited to participate in our FREE Youth Activity. Pre-registration is required.

 

Field Trip Previews (full listing below)

Thinking of a field trip to The Leo? Utah K-12 educators are invited to experience The Leonardo’s exhibits for FREE, plus receive a copy of the exhibit’s Educator Guide. Education staff members will be on hand to discuss the exhibit and field trips. Earn up to two relicensure points for attending.

These are informal events; you may arrive at any time after 6 pm and stay until the museum closes at 10 pm. Each registered K-12 educator may bring one guest for free. Pre-registration is required. Bring your K-12 educator ID!


Educator Workshops

Flight 101 (5 Relicensure Points)

Join us at The Leonardo to discover the science of Flight! Presented by Dr. Wendi Laurence and Jim Laurence, this workshop will give you the opportunity to learn (or review) content, with suggestions for including flight in your lesson planning. Suitable for all K-12 teachers interested in flight, there will be an extensive Q&A section. Pre-registration is required. Attending teachers can receive 5 relicensure points.

Dr. Wendi Laurence is an expert in STEAM education. She currently works in a SLC school, contracts as an education consultant, and teaches graduate courses at Portland State University. Wendi’s research is based on using visual tools to help students develop their understanding of STEAM topics.  She is a former NASA AESP educator and the 2016 NSTA Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator awardee.

Jim Laurence is an airline Captain who has has volunteered in museums and classrooms for over twenty years.  Trained as an engineer, Capt. Jim is great at taking questions about flight and creating great demonstrations that explain how flight works.

  • Saturday, February 4th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Teacher registration, click here
    • Youth Activity registration, click here

NASA BEST Engineering curriculum 6th-8th (4 Relicensure Points)

NASA’s BEST activities focus on teaching the engineering design process. Each activity features objectives, a list of materials, educator information, procedures and student worksheets. This workshop will present the curriculum from NASA’s BEST Engineering activity guide for 6th-8th grades. Pre-registration is required. Attending teachers can receive 4 relicensure points.

Julie Muffler is a passionate STEM professional. She brings years of space education experience to the NASA BEST team at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Most recently Julie served as the Education Manager at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.  She has worked as a Curriculum Development Specialist for NASA’ Summer of Innovation and served as Deputy Director for NASA AES Project. During her educational career, she has opened and operated six Challenger Learning Centers across the nation and taught grades 1 – 6 in Indiana, Illinois, and Texas.

  • Saturday, March 25th, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
    • Teacher registration, click here
    • Youth Activity registration, click here

Changing Perspectives: Combining Earth Science and Art (5 Relicensure Points)

Explore the earth from new perspectives, and even make your own. This arts-integrated science curriculum trains teachers to help students students explore the world from the perspective of a bird, plane, or satellite. Take this new perspective and make your own work of art using a shadowbox and collage. This workshop is designed for 4thgrade teachers, but all are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Attending teachers can receive 5 relicensure points.

Dr. Wendi Laurence is an expert in STEAM education. She currently works in a SLC school, contracts as an education consultant, and teaches graduate courses at Portland State University. Wendi’s research is based on using visual tools to help students develop their understanding of STEAM topics.  She is a former NASA AESP educator and the 2016 NSTA Wendell G. Mohling Outstanding Aerospace Educator awardee.

  • Saturday, May 6th, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
    • Teacher registration, click here
    • Youth Activity registration, click here

 

Field Trip Previews

Alien Worlds and Androids

Thinking of a field trip to The Leo? Utah K-12 educators are invited to experience The Leonardo’s exhibits (including the new “Alien Worlds and Androids” exhibit) for FREE, plus receive a copy of the exhibit’s Educator Guide. Education staff members will be on hand to discuss the exhibit and field trips.

These are informal events; you may arrive at any time after 6 pm and stay until the museum closes at 10 pm. Each registered K-12 educator may bring one guest for free. Pre-registration is required. Bring your K-12 educator ID! Attending teachers can receive 2 relicensure points.

“Alien Worlds and Androids” includes physical science, life science, earth science, and engineering content. Recommended for grades 4 and up, but open to all.

  • Friday, February 17th, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    • Teacher registration, click here