NASA's Best: Technology Demonstrations ~ Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator

Wednesday 08/11/2021

6:00 pm ET

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

As NASA plans new robotic missions and human expeditions to Mars, it becomes important for the spacecraft to carry heavier and larger payloads to accommodate extended stays on the Martian surface. The Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD is a reentry vehicle designed to test techniques for atmospheric entry on Mars. Come and explore how engineers are working to develop various size drag devices for future spacecraft and how students can utilize the Engineering Design Process to understand the science of surface area and drag. Attendees will have access to hands-on inquiry activities, NASA STEM K-12 videos, educator guides, and instructional Power Point presentation.

Artist's rendering of LDSD test vehicle in flight.
Image Credt NASA/JPL

LaTina Taylor is a NASA Education Specialist with NASA EPDC at Texas State University and is deeply committed to providing STEM Education to students and families in urban communities. A native of Chicago, Illinois, LaTina has over 24 years of experience in education with the Chicago Public Schools and is a National Board Certified Teacher with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. During her tenure with CPS LaTina has received several grant awards (i.e. iPads, 3D printers, and LEGO Robotics) for students at the schools she has serviced.

Ms. Taylor has worked in STEM Education in various capacities - as a STEM Technology Specialist, STEM professional developer, and Program Director with the Chicago Pre-College Science & Engineering Program (ChiS&E). She has designed and implemented STEM curriculum (K-12), trained families on STEM and innovative technology tools, and provided professional development to teachers on effective research-based STEM integration pedagogy into their curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

LaTina has also been a presenter at numerous science, math, and technology conferences at the local, state, and national levels.