Free Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. To register, simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description.

Earth Right Now: Atmosphere
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: May 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. EDT

  • NASA’s fleet of satellites, its airborne missions and researchers address some of the critical challenges facing our planet today. Webinar participants will learn about clouds, contrails, Earth's atmosphere and GLOBE, an international science and education program. GLOBE gives students the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process and to contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and the global environment. Register online to participate.

Join Us on the Journey to Mars: Farming on Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: May 23, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

  • This webinar will focus on challenges of nutrition and growing food on Mars to sustain astronauts through NASA's Journey to Mars. The topics in the webinar will focus on Earth-Mars comparisons and aspects needed to grow food on Mars. Participants will also learn how to incorporate the challenges of a journey to Mars into classroom curriculum using two engineering design challenges. This webinar will focus on NGSS LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics and ESS2: Earth's Systems. Register online to participate.

Air and Space — Airplanes and Rockets: Contrails, Clouds and Human Activity
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: May 24, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

  • This webinar focuses on cloud types, in particular contrails, and Earth's Energy Balance. This session will highlight the S'COOL and GLOBE programs with emphasis on student observations to conduct computer-based statistical analysis. Clouds are the largest variable controlling Earth's atmospheric temperature and climate. Contrails, especially persistent contrails, represent a human-caused increase in high thin clouds in the Earth's atmosphere. This webinar will focus on NGSS ESS1 and ESS2 as well as CCSM Statistics and Probability. Register online to participate.

Join Us on the Journey to Mars: Let's Move! — Kinesthetic Problem Solving as Related to Understanding Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-9
Event Date: May 25, 2016, at 5 p.m. EDT

  • The Power of Movement in teaching and learning is well documented in education research. This webinar will integrate the kinesthetic aspects of learning in understanding The Journey to Mars. We will explore astronaut training, rover missions and how satellites work to send messages back to Earth. With summer programming on the horizon, you will want to include these kinesthetic lessons in your planning. So Let's Move! Register online to participate.

Earth Right Now: Hurricanes in Your Classroom
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: May 26, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

  • As the 2016 hurricane season is about to begin, explore hurricanes, tropical cyclones and other severe storms while integrating NASA STEM curriculum, online resources, missions and the Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom instruction. Register online to participate.

For a full schedule of upcoming webinars, visit

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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