Explore Langley Space Tech: 3-D Printed Food...From the Astronauts' Table in Space to Yours?
Monday 08/24/2020
12:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Students, Parents, & Educators in Grades K-16
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

With a human crewed spaceflight mission to Mars potentially taking up to five years to complete, the challenge of providing fresh, nutritious and tasty food that will sustain astronauts' health during the trip is a formidable one. Through its Spinoff Program, NASA takes what it learns as it advances nutrition and nanotechnology on the International Space Station (ISS), and then brings that "technology down to Earth." NASA and its partners are now developing additive manufacturing technologies that will serve up 3-D printed food for astronauts on long-duration space missions. In this webinar, we'll explore the development of magnetic bioprinters that not only are revolutionizing astronauts' lives in space, but are also already improving the capabilities of additive manufacturing here on Earth. Relevant instructional resources will also be included.


Dr. Anne Weiss is the Education Professional Development Specialist at Langley Research Center, which serves Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Anne originally trained as a neuroscientist, which included a research assignment in genetics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 1998, Anne has taught Earth science, chemistry & biochemistry, physical science, human anatomy & physiology, and general biology at the K-12 and higher education levels. As a graduate assistant, Anne served as Community Manager of the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON), the subject of her dissertation on online teacher professional development, for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP). Anne earned a B.S. in Vertebrate Physiology (with history minor) from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Physiology from the Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.