OSIRIS-REx Professional Development Experience For Camp Professionals And Park Educators

Image Credit: NASA

Image Credit: NASA

July 12, 2016 – Educators from the Lunar and Planetary Institute will host a two-day professional development training program for Camp Professionals and Park Educators/Interpreters. The training will provide hands-on activities and other resources to help participants bring NASA’s solar system science and exploration into park and camp programs. With open spaces and open views of the sky, camps and parks are ideal locations for engaging audiences in solar system science and exploration.

The workshop training will be held September 6-7 near Cocoa Beach, Florida and focuses on the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft that will launch from Cape Canaveral on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on September 8. The mission will travel to asteroid Bennu, make a detailed survey, and return a sample to Earth for analysis.

Workshop activities will be followed by a day of exploration at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, culminating in a viewing of the OSIRIS-REx launch.

During the two-day training, you will:

  • Discover solar system science and exploration through hands-on activities

  • Hear about solar system science and exploration from OSIRIS-REx scientists and engineers

  • Learn about the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu – NASA’s first asteroid sample return mission

  • Collaborate with camp professionals and park educators/interpreters from across the U.S.

  • Activities at NASA Kennedy Space Center will include:

  • A tour of NASA Kennedy Space Center

  • A mission briefing from NASA personnel

  • Viewing of the launch of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft

  • The OSIRIS-REx Launch Professional Development Experience is free and open to camp professionals and federal and non-federal park educators and interpreters. Registration is limited to 40 participants. A stipend of up to $1,200 is available for qualifying applicants.

    Space is limited! Apply by 5:00 PM Central, Friday, July 22, 2016 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/orexapp. Selected applicants will be notified no later than July 29, 2016.

    Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements including, but not limited to, airfare, lodging, car rental, and meals.

    For more information, or to apply for the workshop, visit:


    Questions? Please contact Andy Shaner at shaner@lpi.usra.edu.

    For more information on the OSIRIS-REx mission, visit: