Explore Moon to Mars: BEST Thermal Protection & the Engineering Design Process
Thursday 10/15/2020
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
K-12 Educators
 
NASA Educator Professional Development is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for K-12 educators at 4:30 pm EST. Participants will learn what it takes to move around on Mars and the difference in gravity. Participants will learn about the Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) curriculum and use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, and test a prototype of a spacecraft that is able to withstand a battery of tests that simulate the harsh conditions in space. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities.


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.
 

Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest include the impact of technology on student achievement and teacher behavior. Buckner recently served as a 2013-14 Einstein Fellow at the National Science Foundation Education and Human Resources Directorate where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, broadening participating and workforce development. Barbie sees education as her calling and has spent her life sharing her love for learning with everyone around her. Knowing that today’s student will compete in a global economy, Barbie says that “It is imperative that today’s students are prepared with consistent, rigorous, and relevant standards that encourage more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”