Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Engineering Design and the X-Plane Glider Challenge
Tuesday 11/24/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators serving Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Come Explore Flight as this webinar will highlight the newly released activity called the X-Plane Glider Challenge where students learn about the engineering design process.  Learn how students will be able to construct a glider plane buy using the engineering design process that is similar to the same process NASA engineers use when designing new aircraft.  

Take a look back at the history of X-Planes and NASA Aeronautical Research while also looking forward to the future of NASA Aeronautics Innovation.  For decades NASA has been studying aircraft noise in order to reduce noise emissions.  Come learn about NASA's newest X-plane, the X-59 QueSST, and the research on Quiet Supersonic Flight.  There will also be an overview of associated NASA education lessons, videos, fact sheets, printables and training opportunities.


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.





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.”