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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
Smith Center LogoIn partnership with The Smith Center of Performing Arts, DRI GreenPower presents our winter teacher training focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Education through the lens of music. We are thrilled to invite Kennedy Center Master Educator John Bertles who will deliver our Keynote and lead us in workshops throughout the day. The hands on workshops will be inspiring and engaging as you will leave with materials and ideas to incorporate STEAM education into your classroom. Through our exploration of acoustics, oranology (the study of instruments), and music’s effect on the brain we’ll discover how to add the “A” for Art to STEM - and generate STEAM. We will provide continental breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. There is no cost to attend this training and participants are eligible to receive 0.5 in-service credit.


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  • Venue: Nevada Museum of Art, 160 W Liberty St, Reno, NV 89501
Join educators from around Northern Nevada as we explore ideas for incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) Education into your classrooms. 


We will hear a dynamic keynote address by famed landscape architect Cheryl Barton, titled “The Theory of Here” addressing climate change and resilience and design. The day will also include many hands-on workshops and ways to translate ideas learned into classroom activities. We will provide continental breakfast, lunch and a late afternoon reception. We are delighted to partner with the Nevada Museum of Art, Northern Nevada RPDP and Sustainable Nevada to bring you a unique training opportunity. There is no cost to attend this training and participants are eligible to receive 0.5 in-service credit. Download Flyer - PDF
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