Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars


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. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Getting Dirty on Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Get the scoop on soil. This webinar will use comparison to teach the similarities and differences between soil properties on Earth and Mars. The focus will be on working in cooperative groups to collect and study soil samples, similar to investigations done by NASA’s robotic Phoenix Mars Mission. Key concepts will include understanding the properties of soils and examining soils for their ability to sustain organisms. This webinar will include a discussion of NASA resources on soil and Mars. The activities promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging the students in learning that is both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139283

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Habitats and Radiation
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-9
Event Date: Oct. 13, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Survival is the key when traveling to new locations, especially if that location is the Red Planet. Discover what NASA engineers are designing to house astronauts on Mars. Learn about radiation, and how Mars and Earth compare and contrast. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/143047

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Solar System and the Periodic Table
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-Higher Education
Event Date: Oct. 14, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar features a lesson that gives an excellent introduction to our magnificent solar system! Learn the basics of what the periodic table is and why it is important to us. The featured lesson includes a game and a short writing-for-understanding exercise. Prior to the webinar, please download a copy of the table from http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/documents/toe5.pdf and have crayons or colored pencils available. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137338

Moving Through Space: Multidimensional Kinematics
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 8-12
Event Date: Oct. 15, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
NASA education specialists will present participants with an overview of resources for describing motion in multiple dimensions. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standard PS2. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138143

Earth Right Now: Review NASA Wavelength Digital Library of STEM Resources
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Oct. 19, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Explore the NASA Wavelength website! This online catalog features NASA Earth and space science resources that have undergone a peer-review process through which educators and scientists ensure the content is accurate and useful in an educational setting. NASA Wavelength lets users locate resources quickly and easily, connect the resources to other websites using atom feeds, and even share the resources with others through social media and email. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139285

Earth Right Now: Measuring Precipitation Across the Globe
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 6-8
Event Date: Oct. 20, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Learn how data is gathered during hurricanes and how essential it is for scientists to forecast how much precipitation to expect. The lessons and activities discussed in the webinar are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/141386

Earth Right Now: Investigating the Climate System
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Oct. 21, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Get an overview of the Investigating the Climate System educator guide. This guide features problem-based learning investigations that address Next Generation Science Standard ESS2. Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/138142

Earth Right Now: Aerosols, Clouds and Climate
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 2-9
Event Date: Oct. 22, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Discover NASA-inspired activities that help students experience hands-on learning and participate in scientific research related to clouds and aerosols and their impact on Earth's climate. Activities will include the new Aerosol GLOBE Elementary book; the Students' Cloud Observation On-Line project, also known as S'COOL; and the National Climate Assessment. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/144180

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.


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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