NASA Education Projects
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Educator Professional Development Institutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Program Questions

Who can apply?

Eligible participants are U.S. Citizens with a valid teaching license who are currently practicing in the 6th, 7th, or 8th grade classroom setting.

How do I apply?

Complete and submit the online application at:

What is the timeline?

Applications will be accepted from Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 1:00 pm CT through Monday, May 02, 2016 at 12:00 noon CT

6th Grade Session 7th Grade Session 8th Grade Session
July 11 - 15, 2016 July 18 - July 22, 2016 July 25 - July 29, 2016

What are the content areas and type of activities that will be covered each day?

Each day, participants will be engaged in any combination of the following activities:
  • Tours;
  • Subject Matter Expert presentations; and
  • STEM Integrated Classroom Lessons mapped to the standards for the highlighted grade level of the week.

Are there any pre-requisite follow-up commitments?

There are pre-requisite assignments to be completed within an online community prior to arrival at JSC. We estimate the time commitment to be up to 3 hours a week for 3 of the weeks prior to the face to face portion of the institute. These assignments are designed to help teachers with background knowledge about Human Space Flight. Also, the follow up commitment is to implement the outreach plan that each teacher described in their application form.

Is there a professional development for 5th grade? I teach 5th grade, but I also need continuing education hours for gifted and talented. Would it be alright if I attended a 6th grade session?

The ideal candidate for this opportunity are teachers with assignments to middle grades as the activities are aligned to middle grade standards.

I have taught 6th and 7th, but will also be teaching 8th next year. Can I still sign up possibly for the 8th grade workshop?

We are limiting participation to one week per applicant. Please apply for the week that you find most beneficial to your practice.

Where can I find more information?

You can find more information about the program at the landing page, please visit this link to view the landing page:

What topics will be covered in which weeks in the workshops, so I can best decide what week(s) to apply for?

Please refer to the national and state standards for math and science. We have built a program that relies heavily on the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for grades 6, 7, and 8. We will address some (not all) of these standards during the workshops.

If we had several teachers who wanted to sign up as a team, do we need to do it together, or individually?

Please have each teacher apply individually.

Is this EPDI at Johnson Space Center open to educators outside of Texas?

Yes, teachers outside of Texas may apply. The certification hours offered are useful in the state of Texas, but we can work with other states as well.

Will meals be provided?

No...Meals, transportation, and lodging are at the expense of the participants.

I am an ELA teacher. Will I meet the requirement to attend?

Middle School STEM teachers will benefit the most from this opportunity.

Application Questions

Can I save my work and edit it at a later date?

Sorry, this application does not allow a user to exit and then resume later. We recommend having all of the necessary information available at the time you begin the application. Completing the short answer portion in a word processing program before beginning is strongly recommended so it can be copied into the application quickly. The short answer questions are...
  • How will you use this opportunity to improve your ability to teach STEM disciplines? minimum 125 words
  • How will you use this opportunity to increase and sustain youth in STEM fields? minimum 125 words
  • What creative methods will you use to share knowledge gained from this opportunity with fellow educators? minimum 250 words

I am having trouble seeing the application, what is wrong?

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Does the application cover all three sessions or is it for only one session?

We are limiting participation to one week per applicant. Please apply for the week that you find most beneficial to your practice.