Free NASA STEM Education Webinars — NASA Educator Professional Development

Audience: In-service, Pre-service, Home School and Informal Educators


NASA STEM Educator Professional Development is presenting a series of no-cost webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about NASA missions, activities, lesson plans, educator guides and online resources that bring NASA and STEM into your classroom. Currently, registration is not required for these webinars. Simply go to the link provided for each webinar approximately 15 minutes before the session begins. Sign in, with your first and last name, as a Guest.


March 25, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. ET

Solar System and the Periodic Table of Elements 

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-16

This lesson is an engaging introduction to what the periodic table is and why it is important to us. It includes a game and a short writing prompt to check for understanding. It meets NGSS as well as Common Core – Writing. You will need crayons or colored pencils and the following periodic table blank:


March 26, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. ET

Robotics On A Budget

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8

Robots are a part of our everyday lives. We use them in ways we don't always realize. What are robots, how are they used in our lives and how are they used by NASA? These are some of the questions explored in this webinar. Using NASA STEM robotics missions, curriculum, online resources and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), we'll also explore how to use robotics, inexpensively, in your classroom to enhance your students' understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


Beginning March 30, 2015, REGISTRATION will be needed to participate in the scheduled webinars.

Simply click on the provided REGISTRATION link to register for each selected webinar.


March 30, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. ET

NASA's BEST Students: Next Generation

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8

Participants in this webinar will get an overview of the resources in the NASA’s BEST Students: Next Generation educator guide. This guide contains 9 activities simulating NASA Technology

Demonstration Missions. Discussion will include classroom modifications.


March 31, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. ET

Physics for Elementary

Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-6

Participants will learn activities for teaching Newton’s Laws of Motion, energy, light and gravity. Upon completion, participants will have a set of physics activities and a plan for incorporating

them into classes.



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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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