What Stories Do the NASA Data Tell? A Phytoplankton Investigation
Monday 03/29/2021
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 3-12
Learn about the Scientifically-Interesting Story from My NASA Data on phytoplankton blooms in the polar regions. Phytoplankton account for roughly half of the net photosynthesis on Earth. This topic is perfect for exploring the roles of matter and energy cycles, as well as ecosystems. This collection of six resources features flexible teaching tools for investigating phytoplankton using NASA data to apply science practices, along with data analysis and pattern recognition.



Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.