HMNS Weekly Happenings

January 17, 2018
Join the conversation on:

The Educator Event @HMNS


Save the Date! Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is proud to present The Educator Event @HMNS, generously supported by Shell, on January 20, 2018. This conference-style event gives educators a unique chance to learn about the educational opportunities provided by museums, educational nonprofits and local organizations in and around Houston. Attendees will earn three hours of CPE credit by attending a variety of exciting, hands-on workshops.

Featured Guest Speaker

This year, we are excited to announce that our featured guest speaker is Paul Bernhard, designer of the new Wiess Energy Hall. He and his team of exhibit creators have recently completed design and development of our newest hall. As part of their exhibit design process, they included many ties to the TEKS objectives delving into fossil fuels, alternative energy and much more! Paul will share some of his insights into making such an innovative exhibit and the role education played in its design.

Local Organizations

Museums, local organizations and educational non-profits are invited to participate in The Educator Event @HMNS! Participating organizations can present workshops with hands on activities, demonstrations and fun curriculum for Houston area educators. Local organizations can also host an informational table providing information about educational opportunities and programming available in the Houston area. Organizations in bold will be presenting workshops.

  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum
  • American Cowboy Museum
  • Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, MFAH
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Blackwood Educational Land Institute
  • Downtown Aquarium
  • FotoFest International
  • Geophysical Society of Houston
  • Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Houston Museum of Natural Science
  • Houston SPCA
  • Houston Zoo
  • Lawndale Art Center
  • Lone Star Flight Museum
  • Moody Gardens
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Offshore Energy Center
  • San Jacinto Battleground/Battleship Texas SHS
  • Tailored Teacher, LLC
  • The Heritage Society
  • The University of St. Thomas – School of Education and Human Services
  • Educators

    The Educator Event @HMNS is open to all Houston-area teachers, school administrators, student teachers, education undergraduate and graduate students and home school educators. Participants will receive complimentary entrance to the HMNS permanent exhibit halls all day, and they will have the opportunity to earn three hours of CPE credit.

    Educator Event Schedule and Event Program are subject to change. View the schedule and program below.
    Educator Event Schedule
    Educator Event Program

  • Register HERE

Lecture – Sun-Earth Interaction and Space Weather by David Alexander

Earth resides within the atmosphere of an active star, protected only by a thin sliver of atmosphere and an invisible bubble of magnetic field. The Sun produces a wide range of energetic phenomena, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, that interact with the Earth system, creating an array of physical responses from the beautiful (aurorae) to the devastating (“killer electrons”). By studying this dance between the Sun and the Earth, more prosaically Space Weather, we hope to understand not only the Earth but the new Earth-like planets recently discovered around other active stars.

In this talk, we will discuss the intricate ballet of the Sun-Earth interaction, including the dynamic sources of Space Weather at the Sun and their impacts at the Earth. We will explore the causes and characteristics of aurorae, the hazards of the active space environment during solar storms and how we can use these to learn about the possible habitation of other worlds.

Members $12, Tickets $18

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 6:30 PM


Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

Equally Interesting Posts

Editor's Picks The Real Moon Hoax That You Haven’t Heard Of Is Darwin relevant today? Oh The Hermannity! The Story of Houston’s Most Beautiful Green Space A Few Member Benefits Most HMNS Members Don’t Know About What The Loss Of The Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro’s Collections Means To The World What Is The Deal With Brontosaurus?!

Stay in the know.
Join our mailing list.