Courses and Academies

The Museum offers a range of professional development courses and academies designed to strengthen your expertise and help you integrate hands-on science activities into your classroom more effectively.

Generous support of the Museum’s Teacher Programs Department provided by AJL Charitable Foundation, Agilent Technologies Foundation, BBVA Compass, SCFD, and Xcel Energy.


  • Elementary Inquiry Academy Hybrid Course

    For practicing 3rd–5th grade teachers

    This hands-on learning experience provides fun and inventive ways to use inquiry while capitalizing on the life and physical science resources and experts available to you at the Museum.

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  • Middle School Inquiry Academy Hybrid Course

    For practicing 6th–8th grade teachers

    Inquiry Academy is designed to provide teachers with authentic inquiry experiences, ranging from closely guided to fully open inquiry techniques.

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  • Plutopalooza Teacher Workshop

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    June 10th 

    It’s Pluto-Palooza! Let’s hear it for the little guys! Join us for this special session just for teachers. You’ll gain insights into the science of the mission and the innovative engineering that has made New Horizons the fastest spacecraft ever launched. You’ll learn how this spacecraft was designed to fly for 9 years from launch to close approach and flyby, the farthest distance ever for a NASA mission from take-off to primary science objective. Educators will leave with a 4GB flash drive full of video, hi-res still images, lesson plans and much more, as well as having the opportunity to hear directly from key scientists associated with the project.

    Participants receive a $25 stipend upon completion of the workshop. Workshop attendees also receive free admission to the evening Plutopalooza event after the workshop ends. Light dinner provided.

    Funding for this program provided by NASA.

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