Explore Humans in Space: The Lost Lessons of Christa McAuliffe (Part 4) Chromatography
Tuesday 05/11/2021
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.

Join us for this final of a series of four webinars that will honor the memory of Christa McAuliffe as we present the recently released Christa's Lost Lessons.  

Christa McAuliffe was chosen to be the first teacher in space. Due to the tragic space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986, she did not film the science lessons in space as planned. Educators-turned-astronauts, Joe Acaba and Ricky Arnold, spent the 2017-18 school year aboard the International Space Station for A Year of Education on Station.

As a tribute to McAuliffe and her legacy, Acaba and Arnold completed her mission. The demonstrations were filmed aboard the International Space Station and corresponding lessons were developed for classrooms.

For this webinar participants will learn about hands-on standards aligned activities about chromatography and capillary action. Explore how capillary action occurs in microgravity on board the International Space Station.  Investigate how black ink divides into different colors through chromatography.  Compare and contrast capillary action as seen on the Internationals Space Staion and in your classroom on Earth.  Also learn about leaf chromatography and walking rainbows.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of humans on the International Space Station while learning about micro-gravity.    

Leave with a classroom ready Powerpoint that works great for an in-person, at home or virtual presentation.  It includes embedded videos, links and aligns to NGSS.

This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2-1and PS2-2 and Common Core Math Standards.


Check out ALL Four Webinars in this Series on

The Lost Lessons of Christa McAuliffe

March 23 Newton's Laws (Part 1)

April 5 Liquids in Microgravity (Part 2)

April 26 Effervescence (Part 3)

May 11 Chromatography (Part 4)




Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate’s Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest included 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, boarding 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 produce more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”