August 2020 Two-Day Teacher Workshop 🗓

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Scheduled Virtual

Registration is now CLOSED for this workshop.

We are planning another workshop for autumn 2020. Please use this form to note your interest and to suggest a date in September or October 2020.

NESSP’s next educator professional development will take place virtually (via Zoom) — but will still be hands-on! The two-day educator workshop is aligned with our next ROADS challenge (to be announced October 2020). Supplies will be mailed to participants who register by August 10.

The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday, August 24 and 25. Instructional sessions will be followed by time to step away from Zoom and engage hands-on with the topics and supplies.



Topics will be covered over the course of both workshop days. The material and projects are for educators working with middle and high school -aged students.

  • Scientific and engineering documentation — the Mission Development Log (MDL)
  • Search for signs of life — methane and CO2 detection
  • Search for signs of life — build your own microscope (Foldscope)
  • Remote sensing and aeronautics — drone basics
  • Engineering design — making your robot and lander
  • Programming for middle and high school students — LEGO Mindstorms and Makeblock mBot Rangers
  • Landscape morphology — geologic processes in a sandbox


Supplies are available, at no cost, to participants who register by August 10. There’s a section of the registration form (below) where you can indicate what supplies you’ll need.

Robots — If you need a robot for the workshop, this year we are providing Makeblock mBot Ranger robots. We ask you to please not request a robot if we’ve previously supplied you with a LEGO Mindstorms robot, unless you need to support a class.

Who can register

The August 2020 workshop is open only to educators from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and Washington.

We will try to offer another workshop in September or October 2020 that could include other parts of the U.S. If you’d like to participate in a future workshop, please fill out the registration / interest form.

Clock hours

Educators may be eligible for clock hours from Idaho, Oregon, Montana, or Washington.

Register for August 2020 workshop / Express interest in future workshops

Registration for the August 2020 workshop is now open. Can’t make it or out of the four-state NESSP region? You can also use the form to let us know you’re interested in future workshops.