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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 education credits 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 Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator


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  • Venue: Desert Research Institute, 755 E. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas 89119

DRI GreenPower is excited to partner with Create a Change Now, Green Our Planet, Springs Preserve, and Three Square to bring you this unique day of learning.  The training begins at Springs Preserve with an opening keynote panel of experts discussing the connection between science, gardening, and health.  The morning will continue with rotating workshops where we explore each of these topics with hands-on engagement. Participants then have a choice of 3 field experiences including a bus trip to the DRI Soils Lab in Boulder City, A Farmers Market Healthy Scavenger Hunt in Summerlin, and Garden Learning at Springs Preserve.   Following these field experiences, busses will bring all participants to Three Square where we will sum up our learning with interactive food stations and a closing social.  Busses will transport everyone back to Springs Preserve to retrieve their cars at the end of the day.

There is no cost to attend this training and  participants who complete this training will be eligible for 0.5 in-service credit issued through the Nevada.


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  • Venue: Desert Research Institute, 755 E. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas

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DRI GreenPower and the National Atomic Testing Museum are partnering to present the special FREE featured event as part of the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival. Join us for science presentations, hands-on activities, DRI lab tours, and a special appearance from the 501st Legion Star Wars Characters + performances from the light saber guild. 

Event Schedule and Details: 

Special Presentations and Awards
4:45 pm 501st Legion Star Wars Characters and performances from the Light Saber Guild
5:30 pm Presentation of Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) Award Winners
6:00 pm Presentation from special guest - Sam Scimemi, NASA Director of the International Space Station
7:00 pm 501st Legion Star Wars Characters and performances from the Light Saber Guild

Speaker and Presentation Schedule Location: DRI Room 181/182

Speaker Time Topic
Dr. Henry Sun 4:15 - 4:45pm Life on Other Planets
Ben McGee 5:00 - 5:30pm Reagon Star Wars Program
Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker 5:45 - 6:15pm Observing Science with Remote Sensing
Jack Doyle 6:30 - 7:00pm Nerve Rocket Engine
Ted Hartwell 7:15 - 7:45pm The Sky on the Ground: Phenomena in Pop-Culture








DRI Laboratory Tours
  4-4:20pm 4:20-4:40pm 4:50-5:10pm 5:10-5:30pm 5:40-6:00pm 6-6:20pm 6:30-6:50pm 6:50-7:10pm 7:20-7:40pm 7:40-8:00pm
Microbiology Lab   OPEN   OPEN   OPEN   OPEN    
Groundwater Lab   OPEN   OPEN   OPEN   OPEN    
Archaeology Lab OPEN   OPEN   OPEN   OPEN   OPEN OPEN



Special Exhibits: 

  • Water Sharks - Water Treatment Solutions and Technologies
  • National Geographic
  • NASA and DRI's Dr. Lynn Fenstermaker
  • Creech Air Force Base - 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Group
  • DRI Foundation 
  • The National Atomic Testing Museum
  • 501st Legion Star Wars Characters and performances from the Light Saber Guild
  • Local Las Vegas Food Trucks 
  • DRI Community Environmental Monitoring Program