Explore Space Tech: Robonaut, Canadarm, & the Engineering Design Process
Tuesday 01/19/2021
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

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


Come learn about Robonaut and Canadarm 2, NASA’s robotic arm onboard the International Space Station. Find out how to design and construct a robotic arm using Styrofoam cups while developing an understanding of the engineering design process and of the roles of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Learn about programming for the classroom with robots with take away hands-on, standards-aligned activities. Come learn about real world connections with NASA and robotics. Explore the versatility and possibilities of inquiry based learning experiences.

This educational activity aligns to the Co-STEM Priority Goal to improve STEM Instruction by supporting the existing STEM teacher workforce.  It also 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.”