NASA's Journey To Mars: Robotic Exploration of the Red Planet
Thursday 05/13/2021
7:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators, Parents, and Students in Grades k-12

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

The goal of the Mars Exploration Program is to explore Mars and to provide a continuous flow of scientific information and discovery through a carefully selected series of robotic orbiters, landers and mobile laboratories interconnected by a high-bandwidth Mars/Earth communications network.

In this session, join Leonard Ortiz, Mechanical Ground Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to learn more about about how he got to JPL, what he does there, and the latest on the Perseverance Rover missions – current and future activities on Mars.Highly engaging at-home and school based related resources for educators will be highlighed in the webinar. 



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.