Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 K-12 Teacher's Workshop has been reduced to two days and will occur virtually.


Professional Development Workshop on Extreme Environments

June 21-22, 2021


We are extremely pleased to be able to offer another (the second) year of professional development opportunity this summer: a two-day virtual opportunity to expand content knowledge on Extreme Environments. This is particularly timely as the revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) emphasize the need for a more extensive engagement with Earth and Space Sciences.

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) funded grant makes it possible for us to invite science teachers to virtually join us this summer via the Zoom platform for exciting learning opportunities with Professors Stephen Ackley, Kiran Bhaganagar, Christopher Combs, Alberto Mestas-Nunez, and Hongjie Xie, renowned experts in the field of Extreme Environments at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Each session will include presentations, demonstrations, and experiences with current technologies used in the field of Extreme Environments (please see the table below). Dr. Carmen Cruz, Lead Education Program Specialist at NASA’s California Office of STEM Engagement, will deliver the keynote address during the opening plenary.

Each teacher will receive two days of experience with current research and access to hands-on materials to take to the classroom. Limited funding is available for selected participants. You must attend all sessions to receive compensation.

  • Each workshop day begins at 9:00 am.
  • AM sessions are 9:00 am - 12:00 pm; PM sessions are 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
  • All hosted virtual meeting sessions will open 15 minutes prior to start time and require video/audio capabilities.


Topic - AM session
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Topic B - PM session
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

June 21, 2021

Hypersonics/Wind Tunnel
- Dr. Christopher Combs

Data Science
- Dr. Kiran Bhaganagar

June 22, 2021

Oceans and Hurricanes
- Dr. Alberto Mestas-Nuñez

Snow and Ice, Polar Expeditions, Hailstorms
- Stephen Ackley and Dr. Hongjie Xie

To Apply

Interested teachers should provide the following information via e-mail to camee@utsa.edu and karla.kidd@utsa.edu by May 24, 2021.

  1. Full name, address, and contact information including email.
  2. Teaching experience and area of certification.
  3. Brief statement of interest (i.e., why are you interested in participating in this professional development opportunity).

Further details of the professional development event, such as meeting invite and detailed agenda, will be sent to selected participants prior to June 14, 2021.


workshop hosted by the NASA MIRO CAMEE


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