Solar System and Beyond: Robonaut, Canadarm, & the Engineering Design Process
Tuesday 10/19/2021
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.


Come learn about Robonaut and Canadarm 2, NASA’s robotic arm onboard the International Space Station. Find out how to design and construct a robotic arm using Styrofoam cups while developing an understanding of the engineering design process and of the roles of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving.

Learn about programming for the classroom with robots with take away hands-on, standards-aligned activities. Come learn about real world connections with NASA and robotics. Explore the versatility and possibilities of inquiry based learning experiences.

 Hear about a supporting Educator Badge and a newly released Student Badge.  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 the Next Generation Science Standards.




Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest include 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, broadening 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 encourage more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”