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Educator Workshops

Unearth the ancient world of the dinosaurs, challenge the principles of physics, get sun smart and learn new tips and techniques for teaching science in your classroom. The Maryland Science Center is filled with innovative new educational opportunities for educators and students. Explore activities and new insights into creative exhibit floor exploration for students. Workshops include stipends!

Earth’s Magnetic Fields

Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:00am – 2:30pm

Learn about the Van Allen Probes now orbiting Earth and investigating our planet’s magnetic fields.  This NASA mission, managed by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, is studying the Van Allen Radiation Belts that surround Earth, where high-energy particles sometimes shoot down into Earth’s atmosphere and cause the beautiful auroras but can also endanger astronauts and orbiting spacecraft.  These radiation belts are part of a large space weather system driven by eruptions from the Sun.

Hear from Van Allen Probes mission scientists, see a presentation in the Davis Planetarium and take part in demonstrations of activities for the classroom.  The workshop is open to teachers from all grade levels and will provide lunch, a $100 stipend for each participating teacher and take home materials.


Please send the following information to

  •  Name
  • School name and address
  • School district
  • Phone number
  • Grades and subjects taught

If you do not receive confirmation within 48 hours, please call 410-545-5975.

This workshop is made possible through funding from Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.