The NASTAR Center’s Teacher Professional Development Programs offer a unique ‘spin’ on engaging students in math, science, and technology. Program curricula, content knowledge, and activities include NASA and FAA materials as well as feature actual flight experiences in our world-class aviation and space training facility. As a bonus, our Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is available on site to support your teaching needs. For out-of-town participants, we have arranged special pricing for hotel/meal packages at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Bucks County hotel in nearby Feasterville.
The non-profit NASTAR Foundation is sponsoring the programs for 2013 so they are being offered at NO COST to teachers.
All programs approved by the PA Department of Education for Act 48 continuing education credit hours. Check with your state for eligibility to receive credits.
500 Years of Flight
This program is designed to enhance teacher understanding of the history of aviation and the impact of technology on society using hands-on activities and projects. Current Program dates: July 9 and 17, 2013. Learn More
Designed to enhance teacher understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion through personal centrifuge flight experience and hands-on activities. Current Program dates: July 19 and 26, August 12, 2013. Learn More
The Atmosphere and Weather (New Program!)
Teachers construct simple weather instruments and practice hands-on activities that help communicate meteorological phenomenon and climate effects to students. Current Program dates: August 14, 2013. Learn More
Exploring The Solar System (New Program!)
This program introduces educators to the environmental conditions on the planets and presents material on all objects in our solar system. Current Program dates: July 23, August 13, 2013. Learn More
The Magic of Flight
This program is designed to enhance teacher understanding of how and why airplanes fly. It features hands-on activities, a session in a NASTAR Center Aircraft Simulator, and classroom materials. Current Program dates: July 10 and 24, 2013. Learn More
Physiology of Flight
This program uses NASA Summer of Innovation curricula and lesson plans to enhance teacher understanding of the effects of space flight on the human body. Current Program dates: August 15, 2013. Learn More