Explore Earth: Mission Biomes and Earth Observatory
Tuesday 09/28/2021
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University in conjunction with NASA Earth Observatory is providing a 1-hour webinar.

 Join us to learn about the Mission Biomes activity and EO Kids on the NASA Earth Observatory website. Last year, the team revamped the popular Mission Biomes activity to fit the needs of a K-12 classroom. We will access the Mission Biomes pages, walk through the workflow for a teacher in the classroom, and learn about Earth’s terrestrial biomes through two interactive experiences.

EO Kids is an online printable PDF with articles and activities written for kids, ages 9 - 14.  Each issue of EO Kids comes with a story focused on real satellite imagery and an activity that can be used in programs, with peers, parents, and in classrooms. Stories are complemented with a different hands-on activity to further engage kids in science and satellite data. Our goal is to put the publication in the hands of kids who are interested in current non-fiction about our planet and use hands-on activities to connect science with unifying global issues. We will showcase some of our favorite activities and discuss methods for using them with kids.

Come explore our Earth with us.

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.


For more information about Mission Biomes, go to 

For more information about EO Kids, go to


Andi Brinn Thomas has been a part of the NASA community since 2015. She started out cataloging astronaut photography of Earth and quickly moved into writing stories for Earth Observatory, operating an ISS payload (Crew Earth Observations) and providing GIS and data visualization support for the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at Johnson Space Center. In January 2019, she joined the SERVIR Science Coordination office at Marshall Space Flight Center and spent a little over a year working with their Eastern & Southern Africa hub to help build remote sensing applications in water resources management and communicate out SERVIR’s hard work in supporting sustainable living in developing countries. She continues a passionate journey in Earth Science exploration as the Earth Science Outreach Specialist for the Earth Observatory Group and the Earth Science Data Systems Program. When promoting NASA Earth Science isn’t on her mind, she is happiest hanging out with her husband, son and furry children, in nature, and sharing food and drinks with friends.

Tassia B. Owen is the Terra Mission Senior Communications Specialist, GLOBE Observer Communications Specialist, and EO Kids Managing Editor at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Tassia’s work combines her background in writing, editing, Earth science content knowledge, and education to foster better understanding of Earth science and NASA’s contributions. Starting her career as a science and math teacher in Portland, Oregon, Tassia went on to manage an outreach website about physics for kids and then joined NASA as a communication specialist on the Landsat and Terra missions in 2012. Since then she has become the managing editor of EO Kids and joined the communications team for the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) GLOBE Observer citizen science program. Tassia holds a Master’s of Science in Geoscience from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

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.”