Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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Free STEM Education Webinars From NASA Educator Professional Development

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

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) 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.

April 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. ET: The Hubble Space Telescope — A History (Grades 5-8)

  • Participants will get a historical overview of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Discussion will focus on using the telescope as a platform for teaching science concepts. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and PS4. Register online to participate.

April 21, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. ET: TAir and Space — Airplanes and Rockets: NASA Rockets 101 (Grades 4-8)

  • Launch your students' interest and excitement in forces and motion. Explore forces, motion and flight with inquiry-based rocket activities and design challenges that include designing, building and launching simple rockets while recording and analyzing data. This webinar will also investigate rockets by integrating NASA missions, STEM curriculum, online education resources and the Next Generation Science Standards into teaching strategies that will guide educators into a learning journey "blast off." Register online to participate.

April 25, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Air and Space — Airplanes and Rockets: Contrails — Clouds and Human Activity (Grades 6-12)

  • This webinar will focus on cloud types, in particular contrails, and Earth's energy balance. This session will highlight the S'COOL and GLOBE programs with emphasis on using computer-based statistical analysis of student observations. 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. Register online to participate.

April 26, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Air and Space — Airplanes and Rockets: Smart Skies FlyBy Math (Grades 5-9)

  • Discover the excitement of air traffic control through this webinar. It will focus on mathematics skills in grades 5-9 where students solve distance-rate-time problems related to in air traffic control by using an online graphing tool. A hands-on experiment will demonstrate these math skills. Lesson materials align with the Common Core Math Standards. Register online to participate.

April 28, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Air and Space — Solar System and Beyond: Kepler Mission Exploring Strange New Worlds (Grades 6-12)

  • Explore how the Kepler Space Telescope searches for planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Participants will investigate how to use actual Kepler Telescope data and Kepler’s Third Law to construct graphs and interpret data that determines if a planet, orbiting a star in another solar system, is Earth-like and a candidate to support “life.” Register online to participate.

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NASA / Texas Instruments mISSion imaginaTIon Design Challenge

  • The @Space_Station plays an important role in preparing us for a #JourneyToMars. Want to help us get there? Students can join NASA and Texas Instruments to put science, technology, engineering and mathematics to work. It’s time to take the next big leap! The mISSion imaginaTIon design challenge is a national STEM challenge in collaboration with NASA and Texas Instruments. The challenge is open until May 2, 2016:


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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