Science Alive Teacher Training

K-12 Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum

  Teacher Trainings and Workshops

As part of our mission, we recognize the importance of preparing Nevada’s educators with real world science information and expertise so they can transmit that information to their students.

DRI’s Science Alive program hosts professional development teacher trainings throughout the year in both Northern and Southern Nevada, and in our rural communities. We pride ourselves on offering a diverse set of topics and experiences at each training. All of DRI’s trainings are free and educators who attend our trainings are eligible for in-service professional development hours offered through the Nevada State Department of Education.  Our trainings include hands-on activities, exciting keynote presentations, unique field trip experiences, and amazing resources.

Past topics for our trainings include: Astrobiology, gardening, engineering and innovation, recycling, water conservation, energy and energy efficiency, exploring NGSS, and our annual STEAM focused trainings.

Should you have any questions about our trainings please contact our STEM Education Manager  

Upcoming Workshops

Space Education 
Reno | April 15, 2023
Las Vegas | April 22, 2023

Four Nevada educators were selected to attend the NASA SEEC Conference. This hands-on conference provided lesson plans, activities, and tours of NASA facilities. These educators are bringing their knowledge and experience back to share the knowledge gained through this experience with educators statewide through two FREE Professional Development trainings for Nevada’s teachers. Both trainings offer continuing education credits for attending educators. These trainings will provide lesson plans, resources, and hands-on engagement in space-based lesson plans that are grade banded and NGSS aligned. Educators will leave prepared to integrate NASA approved learning into their classrooms. Topics include the upcoming Artemis mission, Deep Space Discovery, Gravity Wells, and more. Space is limited.

To stay up-to-date on future workshops, please sign up for our Science Alive newsletter. 


Previous Workshops

November 18th & 29th, 2021 – EnergySmart Educator Workshop

EnergySmart Educator Workshop Series - How Renewable Energy Can Address...

Fall 2020 EnergySmart Educator Workshop Series

Past - Our annual EnergySmart Educator Workshop is scheduled and open for...


Emily McDonald-Williams

STEM Education Manager


Desert Research Institute
2215 Raggio Parkway
Reno, NV 89512


STEM Education