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Galileo Teacher Training Program

NGSS and the Solar System

A Galileo Teacher Training Program Workshop for Teachers in Grades 3-9 and those who work with them

When: Saturday – Sunday, August 2 -3, 2014 / 8:30am – 5:00pm both days
Hyatt-Regency, Burlingame, CA

Explore the solar system through classroom-tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of the solar system. Discover investigations and techniques to help teach earth and space science in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards cross cutting theme of Scale, Proportion and Quantity and the practices of Developing and Using Models and Engaging in Argument from Evidence. Make connections to Literacy and the Common Core.

All participants receive a collection of over 100 activities published in the Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD, a $30 value.

Part of the 125th Annual Meeting of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Cost: $80 Early Bird rate (through July 4)
$120 Onsite Registration (August 2)

Register here.

Download the workshop flyer (pdf)

A limited number of scholarships are available for classroom teachers from California. The scholarships are for $100, enough to cover the workshop registration fee and to defray some travel and meal expenses. Applicants for the scholarship must register for the workshop. Selected recipients will receive a check for the full scholarship amount following their attendance at the workshop. Teachers with a high percentage of underrepresented students in their classroom are encouraged to apply, and are given preference in the distribution of scholarships.

Teachers are also invited to register for our Education & Public Outreach Meeting, “Celebrating Science: Putting Education Best Practices to Work” August 4–6 at the Hyatt Regency in Burlingame, CA, just south of San Francisco.

Scholarship application

GTTP Overview

GTTP Selected Resources

The goal of the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP) is to develop and present workshops using Galileo’s telescopic investigations to teach the process of science, problem-solving, and collaboration in an inquiry-based education framework, resulting in an ongoing and evolving teacher professional development opportunity for modeling science process in the classroom.

The Galileo Teacher Training Program is a signature program of the U.S. International Year of Astronomy effort. Go to to learn more about the wide array of IYA programs and events designed to provide astronomy experiences for everyone, in celebration of 400 years of discovery since Galileo’s first observations of the heavens through a telescope.

A Galileo Teacher Training Program workshop focuses on four areas:

  • An activity recreating Galileo’s observations of Jupiter’s moons, demonstrating a hands-on, inquiry-based, collaborative approach to scientific investigation, illustrating the process of science
  • International Year of Astronomy resources and activities
  • Fundamental concepts to meet curriculum goals
  • Resources adaptable for use in the classroom

Many GTTP workshops include the use of activities involving a portable, user-friendly telescope developed for IYA: the Galileoscope. Professional development opportunities utilizing the Galileoscope are currently under development and will be available through the Project ASTRO National Network and other venues, as well as online.

Graduates of the workshop may become Galileo Teacher Ambassadors with access to the national network of Galileo Teacher Ambassadors.

For more information, contact the GTTP coordinator at gttp {at}