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.

Planetary Missions — NASA, We’re Out There: Peering Beneath Jupiter's Clouds With NASA's Juno Mission
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: June 6, 2016, at 4 p.m. EDT

  • Discover how NASA's Juno mission will peer through Jupiter's clouds and investigate what's in its core. Jupiter, its moons and its interactions with other bodies in the solar system will be discussed. Discover how to use NASA activities to talk about forces and motion, composition, and energy. Bilingual resources will also be presented. Activities in this webinar will address Next Generation Science Standards ESS1, ESS2 and PS2. Register online to participate.

Planetary Missions — NASA, We’re Out There: Is There Any Life Out There? Extremophiles
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-12
Event Date: June 9, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

  • Students come to class filled with questions about life on other worlds. They have seen fantastic scenarios presented on television and in films; they have read and heard about exploring and the expansion of human presence in the solar system; they have followed the drama of space missions involving astronauts and robots. The answers to the questions that arise out of these experiences are often complex and multidimensional. How can teachers meaningfully address such questions? Register online to participate.

Space Launch System QM-2 Test Question-and-Answer Session
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: June 16, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. EDT

  • Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the solid rocket boosters for the Space Launch System and the QM-2 (Qualification Motor-2) test firing scheduled for June 28, 2016. A question-and-answer session with an expert about the SLS and its boosters will be an integral part of this experience. Register online to participate.

Planetary Missions — NASA, We're Out There: Modeling Our Solar System
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: June 16, 2016, at 6 p.m. EDT

  • Explore our solar system with NASA STEM activities and missions. This webinar will investigate classifying, graphing and scale models to help participants better understand and visualize our sun, planets, asteroids and other objects as a true system. 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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