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Summer 2024 DEIA and NASA Educator Professional Development Workshop

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The IDEAS (Innovative Differentiated Exploration Activities in Space Science) Team announces the Summer 2024 Educator Professional Development Workshop.

What: Professional Development Workshop for Educators focused on Accessibility of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) and NASA Activities & Resources

Who: Pre-K, K-12, and Informal In-service and Pre-service Educators

When: July 15 Р18, 2024

Where: Space Center Houston & NASA Johnson Space Center | Houston, TX

Facilitators: Dr. Cass Runyon, SCSGC | Jobi Cook, NCSGC | Dr. Caitlin Milera, NDSGC | Laurie Salander, NDSGC | Rachel Schwartzman, SCH

Link to 2023 Agenda (Check back for 2024 Draft agenda!)

Registration/Notice of Interest*: Deadline: June 1, 2024. *Registration for this event to be open May 1 – June 1, 2024.

*Educators interested in attending, please complete the Registration Notice of Interest Form. Note, attendance is limited to 30 participants. Educators selected to attend will be notified after the registration deadline.


The IDEAS Team is comprised of the South Carolina Space Grant Consortium (SCSGC), North Carolina Space Grant Consortium (NCSGC), and the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC). This hands-on workshop is funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. The overall goal of this workshop is to center Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in NASA and STEM lessons and activities for both K-12 and informal education settings. Participants will be eligible to earn two Professional Development credits (30 hours) through the University of North Dakota. Interested educators are highly encouraged to contact their local Space Grant Consortium to inquire about potential funding sponsorship to attend the workshop.


Dr. Cass Runyon, SCSGC (

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