Professional Development Programs - Discovery Cube OC Professional Development Programs - Discovery Cube OC

Next Generation Science Standards Teacher Workshops

Professional Development for K-8 Grade Teachers

Discovery Cube offers professional development seminars and classes designed to help educators explore the concepts and strategies associated with teaching NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). Our programs are designed by Discovery Cube’s Vice President of Education, Janet Yamaguchi, who served on each of the CA Department of Education’s NGSS Science Review Team, Science Expert Panel, and NGSS Strategic Implementation Team.

How Can I Win the Discovery Cube – OC Annual Rocket Launch Competition?

January 12 & January 26, 2017
4:30 – 6:30pm

Discovery Cube is presenting a sponsored, NGSS-aligned, engineering-based, professional development program for teachers committed to attending two, 2-hour workshops held at Discovery Cube OC on January 12 and January 26, 2017.  A light dinner will be provided.  Kits of classroom materials will be distributed at the conclusion of the second workshop date.  Teachers will be required to participate in all aspects of the program, including an evaluation process and providing information about their students who attend the Discovery Cube Annual Rocket Launch held at the Boeing Company in Huntington Beach on May 13, 2017.

Project-based Learning: “How Can I Win the Discovery Cube-OC Annual Rocket Launch Competition?”

By answering these and other engineering-focused questions:

  • What are the purposes and optimal design of fins and a nosecone on a rocket?
  • How can you design a way to control the flight pattern of your rocket?
  • What is propulsion and how does it work? – Newton’s Third Law of Motion
  • How can you design the best fuel for your rocket?
  • What parachute design results in the greatest amount of drag and how do you get your parachute to deploy?

Email Ginny at or Kathy at  to register for the “Project-based Learning Workshop.”

How To Curriculum: Designing Lesson Plans for an Integrated Approach to STEM and NGSS Practices

Available on any of the following dates: November 7, 2016, December 8, 2016, January 24, 2017, February 22, 2017
4:30 – 6:30pm

Discovery Cube is presenting sponsored, NGSS-aligned, engineering-based, professional development program for up to 32 teachers per workshop committed to attending one 2-hour workshop held at Discovery Cube OC.  A light dinner will be provided.  Teachers must attend only one of these 2-hour programs in order to receive a classroom kit of materials valued at $100.

Next Generation Science Standards used during this 2-hour lesson:

  • MS-LS2-1 Anaylze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-3  Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-4  Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • MS-LS2-2  Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-5  Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
  • MS-ETS1-2  Evaluate competing design solutions using a systemic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of a problem.
  • MS-ETS1-3  Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solutions to better meet the criteria for sucesses.

Email Ginny at or Kathy at to register for the “How to” Curriculum Workshop.


Today’s Hours
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Discovery Cube is open daily except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


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2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Alternate transportation options are available via OCTA and Metrolink.