NASA's Best: Technology Demonstrations ~ MEDLI (Mars Entry, Descent & Landing Instrumentation)

Tuesday 11/02/2021

6:00 pm ET

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

The Mars Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrumentation 2 (MEDLI2) will collect data during the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover’s entry through the planet’s atmosphere to enable improved designs of future entry systems for robotic and crewed missions. Come and explore how engineers are working to develop various heat shield devices for future spacecraft and how students can utilize the Engineering Design Process to understand the science of heat transfer, heat load, thermal resistance, and turbulence. Attendees will have access to hands-on inquiry activities, NASA STEM K-12 videos, educator guides, and instructional Power Point presentation.

The Mars Science Laboratory Entry Descent and Landing Instrument (MEDLI). Image Credit: NASA

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.