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.

December 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. ET: Don't Count NASA Out of Your Math Classes: Exploring Exoplanets Using Math (Grades 7-10) – In this webinar, we will learn about how scientists use math to learn about distant planets. Using Kepler's laws, algebra and geometry, we can gather a plethora of information on planet size, speed and movement in our search for planets similar to our own! The activity discussed in this webinar covers math standards pertaining to radicals and linear and exponential models, as well as Next Generation Science Standards in space science. Register online to participate.

January 3, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. ET: Don't Count NASA Out of Your Math Classes: Mass vs. Weight (Grades K-12) – Participants will learn about hands-on standards aligned activities using mass and weight. They will also learn about micro-gravity on-board the International Space Station. Register online to participate.

January 4, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. ET: Aeronautics — Come Fly with Us: Balloons and Kites for Elementary Educators (Grades K-5) – The webinar will focus on a NASA educator guide with flight activities in Science, Math, Language Arts, Art and Engineering Design. The webinar will include the history of kites and balloons. Register online to participate.

January 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. ET: Aeronautics — Come Fly with Us: Flying Things In Your Classroom (Grades 4-8) – Capture the excitement of STEM with your students as we explore the principles and physics of flight with flying things in your classroom. Using NASA online resources and simple, inexpensive STEM classroom activities and design challenges, we’ll investigate the parts of an airplane, what makes an airplane fly, and how can we model aircraft that can fly in your classroom. Take off with learning, and come fly with us. Register online to participate.

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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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