Explore Space Tech: Flying Green with GPIM using the Engineering Design Process
Tuesday 12/14/2021
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12

NASA Educator Professional Development Collaboratie at Texas State University is presenting a free 60-minute webinar for educators.

Participants will learn about how Technology drives exploration. NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) demonstrates a "green" alternative to conventional chemical propulsion systems for future spacecraft. The technology demonstration mission seeks to improve overall propellant efficiency, while reducing the handling concerns associated with the toxic fuel hydrazine. GPIM also strives to optimize performance of new hardware, systems and power solutions while ensuring the best value for investment and the safest space missions possible.

Using the Beginning Engineering Science and Technology curriculum, participants will learn how to use the engineering design process to build a satellite and test green propellant. 

 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.

This educational activity continues to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities.  

Identify/define the problem
Brainstorm solutions and research ideas
Communicate your solution
Select and sketch a design
Optimize/refine/redesign the solution
Build a working model or prototype
Evaluate the solution and collect data


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.”