Last week the latest cadre of MESSENGER Educator Fellows had their training here in the DC area. Many of the Fellows were able to attend. Here's a group picture along with the PI Dr. Sean Solomon who gave a fabulous presentation about the mission and what is to come.
You may be wondering what in the world is a MESSENGER Fellow. These Fellows, an essential part of the MESSENGER education and public outreach (E/PO) program, are master science teachers who conduct teacher training workshops nationally about the mission. The goal of the program is to train 27,000 grades preK-12 educators.
Using the MESSENGER Education Modules, http://www.messenger-education.org/teachers/educ_modules.php, the Fellows are able to demonstrate that by looking at other planetary objects, such as Mercury or the Moon, one can get a better understanding of the formation of the Earth.
To learn more about the E/PO program, please visit: http://www.messenger-education.org/