Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for FREE 60-minute webinars.
Earn 1-hour of professional development credit by attending.
See below the titles, dates, and registration links for each event.
NASA EPDC Virtual Learning Opportunities for Educators and Students
Event Date: June 1 at 1 p.m. EDT
Digital badging is an online professional development process for certifying learning asynchronously. The NASA STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Cooperative (EPDC) Digital Badging System allows you to select from a variety of STEM topics, engage in exciting learning opportunities, demonstrate your mastery of a topic and receive a badge of accomplishment for your work. This webinar will feature an overview of the EPDC virtual learning opportunities available to educators and students. Participants will explore the EPDC website to review resources to assist educators with their STEM instruction and students with their continuous STEM learning.
PAGE — Your Chance To Go to the Moon
Event Date: June 1 at 4:30 p.m. EST
NASA is heading to the Moon for the first time since 1972. For the first time ever, NASA is inviting you along for the ride. Educators, we are asking you to make a pledge to help us prepare the Artemis Generation for the next steps in human exploration of space. We will review the history of human spaceflight and explore the current missions and their unprecedented access. We'll also discuss what's next and imagine the future into which we are sending this new generation. Tune in to learn details about this amazing opportunity.
Humans in Space: The Lost Lessons of Christa McAuliffe (Part 3) —Effervescence
Event Date: June 1 at 6 p.m. EDT
This is the third of four webinars to honor the memory of Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher to be chosen to travel to space. Due to the tragic space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, McAuliffe did not film the science lessons in space as planned. Astronauts Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, both former educators, spent the 2017-18 school year aboard the International Space Station for A Year of Education on Station. As a tribute to McAuliffe and her legacy, Acaba and Arnold completed Christa’s lost lessons. The demonstrations were filmed aboard the station, and corresponding lessons were developed for classrooms. In this webinar, participants will learn about hands-on, standards-aligned activities about effervescence. Explore how effervescence happens in microgravity aboard the station verses how it happens on Earth. Investigate how the size of an antacid tablet affects the amount of bubbles produced in a chemical reaction. Leave with a classroom-ready presentation geared for in-person, at home or virtual presentations.
Explore Solar System and Beyond — the Cassini Mission to Saturn
Event Date: June 2 at 1 p.m. EDT
Kids love space, and one of their favorite planets is often the magnificently ringed "Jewel of our Solar System," Saturn. Learn how NASA STE(A)M educational resources can support you in your classroom as you engage your students to explore how NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed in great detail the true wonders of Saturn, a giant world ruled by raging storms, delicate harmonies of gravity and its family of icy moons. We will provide a walkthrough of many exciting NASA resources aligned with recent missions and efforts by NASA’s scientists and engineers and NASA EPDC extended-learning opportunities with digital badges (microcredential) for educators and students. Take advantage of NASA’s free resources and encourage students to reach for the stars. Attendees will have access to instructional presentations, videos and resources for the classroom.
Explore Moon to Mars — Designing a Crew Module for Artemis Astronauts
Event Date: June 2 at 6 p.m. EDT
NASA’s mission to return to the Moon with the Artemis program has a heartbeat – its astronauts! The crew module design to transport astronauts is driven by the important goal of keeping astronauts safe. Bring this challenge to your students with a hands-on activity that will engage them in science and engineering practices using the engineering design process. We will provide educators with a big-picture story of Artemis program and strategies to implement a hands-on activity that engages students from diverse background in thinking about considerations for a crew module design.
NASA STEM — Space Games and Simulations Incorporating Social Emotional Learning
Event Date: June 3 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
Join us to explore NASA games and simulations highlighting social emotional factors to motivate and educate. Students must use problem-solving skills as well as their knowledge of and research into STEM and space exploration concepts to play the games.
The webinar includes NASA STEM lesson plans for the following resources:
1. NASA Space Voyagers Game
2. Rover Races
3. Mapping the Hills and Dales
4. Getting in Touch with your Inner Spacecraft
NASA EPDC Virtual Learning Opportunities for Educators and Students
Event Date: June 3 at 6 p.m. EDT
Digital badging is an online professional development process for certifying learning asynchronously. The NASA STEM Engagement and Educator Professional Development Cooperative (EPDC) Digital Badging System allows you to select from a variety of STEM topics, engage in exciting learning opportunities, demonstrate your mastery of a topic and receive a badge of accomplishment for your work. This webinar will feature an overview of the EPDC virtual learning opportunities available to educators and students. Participants will explore the EPDC website to review resources available to assist educators with their STEM instruction and students with their continuous STEM learning.
Explore Moon to Mars — Teaching Space Launch System in the Classroom
Event Date: June 7 at 1 p.m. EDT
NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) will be the world's most powerful rocket for a new era of human exploration beyond Earth’s orbit into deep space. Learn about various K-12 SLS activities that can be used by educators to supplement curriculum or as activities for after-school programs/clubs. Each lesson focuses on aeronautics with a goal to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers.
Explore Moon to Mars — Art and the Cosmic Connection
Event Date: June 7 at 7:30 p.m. EDT
Take a journey into the solar system and beyond to learn about activities that bring art into the science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) classroom. We will focus on the “Art and the Cosmic Connection” activity.
Explore Aeronaut-X — Sound Effects
Event Date: June 8 at 1 p.m. EDT
Since the 1960s, NASA engineers have worked to reduce aircraft noise and produce technology such as chevrons that are used on commercial jet engines. This webinar is an introduction to the “Sound Effects” activity, where students construct an amplifier that illustrates various principles of sound. Learn about motion, forces, transfer of energy and matter. Review the history of X-planes and NASA aeronautical research, and discuss the future of NASA aeronautics innovation. Learn about NASA's newest X-plane, the X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) and the research being conducted on quiet supersonic flight.
NASA's Commercial Crew Program — Updates and Resources for Educators
Event Date: June 8 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
NASA’s Commercial Crew Program has ushered in a new era of human spaceflight enabling industry to provide safe, reliable and cost-effective access to and from the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit. Learn about the companies, the vehicles, the crew and the STEM classroom resources related to the Commercial Crew Program.
Explore Space Tech — Light and Color With NASA's Hubble Space Telescope
Event Date: June 8 at 6 p.m. EDT
This webinar is about the Hubble Space Telescope. Designed as an observatory, Hubble explores the universe in visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths to help us learn more about the mysteries of the cosmos and galaxies far away. Come explore NASA STEM educational resources that engage students in understanding how light and colors are used to explore the universe. Attendees will have access to instructional slideshows, content videos and resources for the classroom.
Explore Flight — NASA’s Four Forces of Flight
Event Date: June 9 at 1 p.m. EDT
NASA’s Museum in a Box program brings the physical sciences of flight alive to K-12 students using interactive activities. Each aeronautics lesson is designed to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Educators may use Museum in a Box content to supplement curriculum or as activities for after-school programs/clubs.
Learn how to use the materials as a set or as individual activities. The Museum in a Box program contains activities for three grade groups: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.
STEM Teaching Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Event Date: June 9 at 6 p.m. EDT
This webinar is designed to help parents and caregivers learn how to guide students’ STEM learning at home using expert tips and strategies. We’ll review the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Mathematics Common Core and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and math to aid participants in locating information about what students are expected to learn at each grade level. We will conclude by sharing exciting NASA resources to supplement the distance learning programs parents/guardians and children may be using for at-home teaching and learning.
NASA STEM — What Can Trees Tell Us About Climate Change and Forest Ecosystems
Event Date: June 10 at 1 p.m. EDT
Learn how to integrate trees into your neighborhood science programs. Using GLOBE Observer activities, explore the role of trees through a fun game of tag, or measure tree height using various tools and methods. Trees cool and moisten our air, filling it with oxygen and helping to balance our carbon budget. Use data to determine how sensitive trees are to climate conditions such as rain and temperature. Use images and interactive technology to discover why forests are considered one of the world’s most important ecosystems.
Commercial Crew Program — Next Steps With Boeing’s Orbital Flight Test-2 and SpaceX Crew-3
Event Date: June 10 at 4:30 p.m. EDT
As the Commercial Crew Program moves forward, we are seeing the tempo pick up and our second partner stepping back into the ring. In April, we saw launches or landings every week for four straight weeks. The crew cadre aboard the International Space Station expanded from its normal three-six crew members, to a whopping 11 for a time. The second official crew to embark and depart aboard a commercial space vehicle has arrived safely aboard and taken over for Crew-1. Crew-3 members are preparing for launch this fall, and the Boeing Starliner will be making its second Orbital Flight Test in July. This sustained higher tempo is pushing forward and expanding our ability to do the science and work to really move the needle on NASA's future missions. We will discuss these new developments and talk about the amazing opportunities for students and educators to be a part of the journey.
Celebrating ISS Robotics — Meet Your Crewmates Astrobee and Robonaut
Event Date: June 10 at 6 p.m. EDT
About 30% of crew time involves routine housekeeping and maintenance duties that keep the International Space Station in optimal condition. But like those of us on Earth, astronauts wouldn't mind some assistance with their chores.
Explore the development of autonomous helpers that could optimize human productivity on the space station and future Artemis deep-space missions. Relevant instructional resources will also be included.