Arizona Science Center: Science Teacher Residency Program (STaR) - STaR Space Science Module

STaR is an innovative, hands-on program that is led by expert facilitators and content specialists focused on addressing common misconceptions about STEM subjects that are often taught in the classroom.

STaR starts with four days of instruction at Arizona Science Center and one day of asynchronous learning. The program gives participants the tools to take these same lessons back to their schools and classrooms.

Participating teachers also receive a year of individualized mentoring and coaching as part of STaR. At the end of the program, they will walk away with all the materials needed to create lesson plans to effectively teach what they’ve learned.

STaR Space Science Module: February 24-25 and March 3-4, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will engage in four days of hands-on, research-based learning activities that challenge common student* misconceptions about space science. Explore how the Earth and Moon move within our solar system, why the Moon’s appearance changes, the cause of eclipses and the effects of Earth’s tilt on the length of days and seasons.

Applications open through February 10, 2023.

*Focused on grades 5–6


Criteria To Apply

Your school must meet one of the following:

  • Qualify for Title 1 Funding,
  • Have a large population of Native American and/or Latino students, or
  • Be located in rural Arizona and consistently experience high teacher turnover.

You must teach general education science or STEM in grades three through eight.

Application Requirements

A letter of Understanding must be submitted to participate.

Agreement outlines:

  • An understanding of the time commitment (five days of professional development)
  • A commitment that coaches will support you on your campus
  • A commitment to implementing the provided lesson plans
  • Signature from your administration


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K-6, Educator
5th Grade, 6th Grade

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