NASA Astro Camp EPDC Overview and Resources Session 1a
Tuesday 03/31/2020
10:00 am ET
In the summer of 2020, NASA will continue providing support for ASTRO CAMPS across the globe. NASA SSC ASTRO CAMP is an opportunity for Youth Service Organizations to bring NASA STEM Engagement Science Mission activities to 2nd-12th graders in their own community.  SSC ASTRO CAMP professional developments for educators, leaders, and facilitators use the uniquely developed 2020 ASTRO CAMP Program/Facilitator’s Guide for support making NASA lesson plans accessible while relying on proven NASA STEM ASTRO CAMP methodology. Camps consist of student-centered, standards-based activities that utilize NASA resources to give educators, leaders, and facilitators everything they need for engaging, high-quality STEM learning experiences for all students. Help students foster career dreams of tomorrow and develop life-changing goals through Next Generation science, math, and engineering techniques. NASA SSC ASTRO CAMP includes a minimum of 10 NASA ASTRO CAMP activities delivered over a selected time, a NASA unique closing program with certificate presentations, and submission of final camp data/surveys returned to SSC ASTRO CAMP staff at the end of each camp program.

Dr. Vemitra White, a native of Crawford, Mississippi, graduated with her Ph.D. in 2016 from Mississippi State University in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development. She is currently a STEM Education Specialist for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Stennis Space Center in Alabama and Mississippi respectively. Also, Vemitra is an Assistant Professor for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University. She is very passionate about helping students matriculate through the STEM pipeline and enjoys developing programs that help students build their self-efficacy in STEM. Her areas of specialization are: teacher and student professional development, engineering education, project management, K-12 and university collaborator, workforce readiness, and STEM engagement/preparation. Vemitra is a member of the Columbus Lowndes County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the recent award recipient of the 2019 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award , the 2019 Bagley College of Engineering Service Award, and a newly elected executive committee member of the Pre-College Engineering Education Division, member of Phi Theta Kappa, Women's Basketball Collegiate Association, and Mississippi Educators Association. Her active participation in these organizations reveals her passion in helping others succeed. Vemitra is also a former collegiate basketball player where she played 2 years of women’s basketball at Bevill State Community College in Fayette AL and her last 2 years at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton GA. She was a 4 year Academic All American.