Mission NGSS for Northern Nevada Teachers

Teacher Professional Development Weekend Workshop


Mission NGSS was a blast! 96 Nevada teachers learned how to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into their classroom through the lens of energy and the environment. We simulated a Mission to Mars and identified basic life support systems in order to survive. This hands-on weekend workshop explored the complexities of energy as it relates to NGSS.

The weekend workshop was offered through a collaboration of Desert Research Institute, Sierra Nevada Journeys, Washoe County School District, RPDP of Northern Nevada, Project Learning Tree, and EnergySmart Education (sponsored by NV Energy and Southwest Gas Corporation), Catamount Fund and NAAEE.


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In 2016, Sierra Nevada Journeys partnered with Project Learning Tree, the Nevada Division of Forestry and The Catamount Fund, Ltd. Our speakers included Dr. David Crowther from the University of Nevada, Reno, a graduate student and past Sierra Nevada Journeys intern, educators and program coordinators.


In 2015, Sierra Nevada Journeys partnered with DRI GreenPower, Nevada’s Northwestern Regional Professional Development Program and The Catamount Fund, Ltd. Our speakers included folks from the University of Nevada, Reno, The Nevada Department of Education and the Washoe County School District.