Priority Packing for the Moon
Wednesday 12/01/2021
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.

Human exploration of Moon will mean packing for the trip - unlike any packing we’ll ever do for a trip on Earth! What we can take to the Moon is heavily constrained by weight and size because the cost of escaping Earth’s gravity is severely limiting. And the things we’ll need to take will be dictated by the geology of the landing site, the resources available, and the conditions there. In this webinar, we will explore packing for the Moon using a simulated mission to get students to expand their knowledge about basic human needs and dynamics of the ecosystem of the landing site. We will also discuss strategies to implement Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) with this activity that covers core disciplinary ideas in life science (MS-LS2-1), cross cutting concepts, and multitude of science and engineering practices outlined in NGSS.


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Deepika is a NASA Education Specialist at Texas State University. She works to support NASA EPDC efforts nationally - both face-to-face and virtually. Deepika has worked in STEM Education in various capacities – as a researcher, educator, outreach coordinator, member of a non-profit startup, and K-8 Educator. She has enjoyed building diverse experiences in STEM education and hopes to add unique value to Educator Profession Development at NASA. Deepika has degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Mysore, India (Bachelors), University of Maryland, College Park (Maters), and Purdue University (Ph. D.) where she researched how to teach fundamental disciplinary concepts in Electrical Engineering.