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Teachers Eating Pizza: Astronomy and Space Science (Educator Workshop)

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Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

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This workshop is free with a refundable deposit. Deposits save your seat and are refunded when you check-in. Thank you for your understanding!

Teachers Eating Pizza is an educator workshop at the Fleet Science Center that occurs on the first Wednesday of each month.

Come for the pizza, converse with colleagues, learn curriculum-ready interdisciplinary content related to the month's topic and attend the 7 p.m. The Sky Tonight Astronomer-led planetarium show in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater.

Following the workshop, the San Diego Astronomy Association invites you to view the stars through telescopes on the Prado during their monthly program Stars in the Park.

The following topics are emphasized in the workshop and planetarium. The topic of the educator workshop may vary from the planetarium show to be more in line with Next Generation Science Standards.

September 5, 2018:

  • Workshop theme: From Ptolemy to Sagan, our understanding of the universe has drastically changed. Engage in a science-based argument by debating one of history's most contentious topics. Learn tools and techniques to bring evidence-based argumentation to your classroom.
  • Planetarium theme: The Changing of the Seasons

October 3, 2018:

  • Workshop theme: Earthquakes and Marsquakes! What do earthquakes tell us about Earth and how can we use that information to better understand Mars? In the lead-up to NASA’s InSight landing in November, a new lander that will track marsquakes, we learn more about the ground directly under our own feet.
  • Planetarium theme: Mars Mission Update

November 7, 2018:

  • Workshop theme: Tour the Fleet Science Center's newest exhibit, Discovering Exoplanets, and learn how to incorporate NASA resources in your classroom.
  • Planetarium theme: Beauty of the Solar System

December 5, 2018:

  • Workshop theme: Take the classic egg drop activity and give it a Mars spin in recognition of the NASA InSight landing in November. In this workshop, educators will look at engineering designs used by NASA landers and rovers as inspiration for our own designs.
  • Planetarium theme: Other Worlds

January 2, 2019:

  • Workshop theme: What should a message to the universe look like? Most deep-space probes carry some sort of message in the event the probe is intercepted by another life form. In this workshop, we blend the humanities, art and science and ask the question, “What would your message to the universe be on behalf of all humanity?”
  • Planetarium theme: New Horizons Mission Flyby

February 6, 2019:

  • Workshop theme: TBD
  • Planetarium theme: Understanding the Stars

What does this event include?

    • Pizza!

    • An earth science, space science or astronomy-themed workshop

    • The opportunity to network with fellow teachers

    • The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show (a $16.95 value)

    • Access to Stars in the Park, a program run by a local astronomy club

What is the schedule for the evening?

    • 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Check in through the Business Entrance on the Parking lot side of the Fleet

    • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: Pizza and Teacher workshop

    • 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Break & Self-guided Museum Exploration

    • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.: The Sky Tonight Planetarium Show

    • 8:00 p.m.: Optional Stars in the Park with the San Diego Astronomers Association

Two Events, Same Night
Please note that there is a monthly lecture from the Center for Ethics that occurs concurrently in the next room over. When entering, identify yourself as an educator and look for signs that point to the teacher workshop.

Entrance Location
Enter through the Business Entrance, located on the south side of the Fleet Science Center, adjacent to the parking lot. The doors will open by 4:50 p.m. Late arrivals will need to ring the doorbell.

What grade are the lessons designed for?
Astronomy is for everyone! However, the workshop portion of the evening is most applicable to K-8 teachers. Questions about the workshop content? Please contact us!

What if I want to bring family or friends?
Family and friends are welcome to purchase tickets to The Sky Tonight's 7 p.m. show. You may join your party in the Theater lobby at the conclusion of the educator workshop at 6:30 p.m. Due to space limitations, we ask that only educators register for this educator workshop. All additional planetarium-bound attendees should register through the Fleet Science Center's website.

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Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado

San Diego, CA 92101

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