Adler Planetarium

Educator Opportunities

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Get Involved

The Adler Planetarium offers a variety of programs and opportunities for educators interested in getting more involved with space science and STEM. 


Far Horizons Teacher Experience

July 13-17 & 20-21, 2015 (all 7 dates included)

The Far Horizons Teacher Experience will lead middle-school science teachers through a seven-day professional development program. Participants will design science experiments, launch them to near-space aboard a high-altitude balloon payload up to 100,000 feet, track and recover the experiments, analyze the data, and then learn how to implement a similar science and engineering program at their schools during the 2015-2016 school year, either in-class during the school day or as an after-school program, according to their schools’ specific needs. In addition to giving teachers new tools to teach STEM skills, the program will be mapped to the NGSS Science and Engineering Practices and help educators meet the Common Core State Standards for ELA-Literacy (specifically RST.6-8.3).

This program is open to middle school educators in grades 6-8. Selection priority will be given to Chicago Public Schools educators, but others are also welcome to apply. Selection priority will also be given to schools that can provide two educators as a team to participate in the workshop and implement the program (either two science teachers or one science plus one non-science teacher). Each participating teacher will receive a $200 stipend for the summer workshop, a $300 stipend for school year program implementation, and additional funding is available for schools to purchase equipment, if needed. Participants must be able to attend all 7 workshop dates.

Please send an email to to request detailed information and a link to the application. The deadline to apply is April 10, 2015. Participants will be notified of acceptance by April 17, 2015.

The Far Horizons Teacher Experience is generously supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation and State Farm.

Space and Earth Curriculum Support

Adler educators and scientist are experienced in a wide range of science content areas, as well as engineering design and science process skills.  

Contact us at if you have content curriculum questions, or are looking for Adler resources to connect with your classroom.