Explore Earth: Space for Sustainability
Wednesday 04/14/2021
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
As NASA missions move farther into the Solar System, we have to find ways to keep our astronauts and future explorers safe and comfortable for longer and longer periods of time, and in environments that cover a range of extremes.

NASA scientists, engineers, and, architects are imagining, designing, and developing sustainable solutions for space exploration. In doing so they turn to Earth-bound natural and human built examples for inspiration. At the same, NASA research is creating closed loop systems that can push the envelope here at home.

In this webinar we will take apart and discuss sustainability, look at NASA's current work in the area, and explore future idea for taking humans farther into the solar system. We'll explore activities and challenges you can work on with your students, and look to current and past cultures around us to come up with ideas for our future.


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.