NASA From Earth to Space (Part 1)
Monday 12/06/2021
4:30 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.


NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives, and safeguard our future. We monitor Earth’s vital signs from land, air and space with a fleet of satellites and ambitious airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. But did you know the same tools and technologies tasked to explore our planet, solar system, and universe play a vital role in our daily lives?

In this webinar, participants will hear from Vianni Ricano Cadenas, Aerospace Engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center discuss how NASA satellites help understand our planet and how these technologies impact our daily lives

This is the first part of a webinar series that highlight how NASA developed technology simultanously helps to understand of our place in the universe and help enhance human life on Earth.


Vianni Ricano Cadenas is an Aerospace Vehicle Design and Mission Analyst at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Ricano is part of Gateway's Cross-Program Integration team and collaborates with different programs to meet the goals of the Artemis Program. In addition to supporting the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate(HEOMD), Ricano also supports the Science Mission Directorate (SMD). For SMD, Ricano performs early mission analysis for science missions. Ricano earned her bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.