NASA STEM: Operate the Mars Rover and Helicopter on Mars with Scratch Coding
Wednesday 05/19/2021
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 5-12

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


In these activities, we will explore how students can create Mars exploration games and think like NASA space-mission planners. Students will design the games using the Scratch programming language. Students will engage in computational thinking, use math and include elements of real rover-mission planning to design their game. We will also create a video game that lets players explore the Red Planet with a helicopter like the one that is on the Mars Perseverance Rover.  This lesson is also available as an independent activity for students. No previous experience is needed  to be successful with these activities.



Susan Kohler is the current Education Professional Development Specialist at Glenn Research Center and serves the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational leadership experience. She has served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Math/Science Consultant and Asst. Superintendent. Susan taught science for 13 years at the high school level. Her expertise in STEM and professional development is combined with her knowledge of new technology trends and innovative instructional strategies. Susan holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College as well as a Bachelors degree of Science in Biological Sciences with the emphasis on Neurophysiology from Ramapo College in New Jersey.