Explore Moon to Mars: Modeling a Spacecraft Docking System
Wednesday 07/21/2021
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.

NASA is returning to the Moon with the Artemis Program. New and improved systems will allow astronauts to live and work on and around the Moon with the help of an orbiting outpost called the Gateway. Orion is the spacecraft that is going to transport astronauts all the way to the Gateway, but a separate lunar lander docked to Gateway will take them to the surface of the moon. The open and interoperable architecture of Gateway with standardized docking capabilities allows for automated docking and undocking of components. This webinar will bring the model and design of a docking system to students with a hands-on activity. It will also include a big-picture story of Artemis program and a discussion of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) strategies.

Meet the International Docking Adapter | NASA

Deepika is a NASA Education Specialist at Texas State University. She works to support NASA EPDC efforts nationally - both face-to-face and virtually. Deepika has worked in STEM Education in various capacities – as a researcher, educator, outreach coordinator, member of a non-profit startup, and K-8 Educator. She has enjoyed building diverse experiences in STEM education and hopes to add unique value to Educator Profession Development at NASA. Deepika has degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Mysore, India (Bachelors), University of Maryland, College Park (Maters), and Purdue University (Ph. D.) where she researched how to teach fundamental disciplinary concepts in Electrical Engineering.