Explore Space Tech: Braking Without Breaking
Thursday 01/28/2021
7:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
After a journey of millions of miles that began on July 30th finally reaches it's destination on February 18th, how do we apply the breaks? The vehicle will have to slow from incredible speeds in order to safely land in Jezero Crater to begin the missions of Perseverance and Ingenuity. So how do we do that exactly? In this webinar we'll look at the engineering designs that NASA came up with to safely stop and land the rover and some fun activities you can do to create your own designs.


Steven is a NASA STEM EPDC (Educator Professional Development Collaborative) Specialist housed in the LBJ Institute of STEM Education and Research at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuropsychology from Georgia College and State University. Steven is beginning work on his PhD in Biology in the Fall. The primary focus of his current work is in supporting Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in inspiring the next generation of NASA scientists from among historically disenfranchised groups. Steven helps to develop, package, and deliver STEM curriculum that translates the work and discoveries of NASA for use in the classroom and helps teachers to make it more accessible to all students. He is working with university pre-service educators, in-service, pre-service, and informal teachers to help them create culturally responsive lessons that will create engagement with students that have previously felt left out of the amazing work that NASA is doing. Steven worked in K-12 education for nearly 20 years, most recently as Life Sciences Chair at a minority serving inner city school in Georgia. He has taught Biology, Forensic Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical science to special education, regular education, honors, and AP students in Georgia, Washington, and New Jersey.