Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer workshop to focus on Next Generation Science Standards

The New Jersey Astronomy Center (NJACE) Science Education Institute at Raritan Valley Community College has developed a week-long teacher workshop to help teachers of grades 3-8 prepare for the possible adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards. In addition, NJACE also offers a variety of other science and astronomy workshops for K-12 teachers, which are listed at All workshops are held at Raritan Valley Community College, located near Bridgewater. Register online at

For more detailed information on the workshops, or to obtain registration forms, see or contact Theresa Moody at 908-526-1200, ext. 8942, or

Starlab Training (gr. K-12) Wednesday and Thursday, July 8 and 9 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.). A Starlab is a portable planetarium that can help teachers make science and astronomy exciting for their students. Abstract ideas such as the Earth's daily and annual motions, moon phases, constellations and the reason for the seasons are easily presented in Starlab. During this workshop, participants will practice setting up and taking down Starlab and practice operating the projector. They will also have time to design, practice and present their own Starlab lesson. Teachers can also choose to attend only one day of the workshop for half the cost. Cost: $150 with NJ Space Grant scholarship (12 PD hours).

Summer Science Institute (gr. 3-8, although teachers from other grades are welcome). Monday-Friday, July 27-July 31 (9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). Receive an in-depth introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards, which emphasize eight science and engineering practices and seven crosscutting concepts that support the learning of core ideas in science. The investigations will illustrate how these practices, concepts and disciplinary core ideas are integrated into instruction. Participants will be engaged in exemplary investigations in a variety of subject areas (Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering). There will be several opportunities for teachers to reflect on the investigations and enhance their own lessons. Cost: $400 ($200 NJ Space Grant scholarship for the first 13 registered participants, $400 thereafter).