Seeing Your Students at NASA: Engineering for Mars Part 1
Thursday 09/15/2016
4:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Educators in Grades 3-10

In Part 1 of this series, educators will review two classroom activities in which students will work in engineering design teams to test various components of a Mars exploration vehicle.  The ready-to-go facilitation guide, Gaining Traction, is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and includes handouts, rubrics and pre and post-assessments.  The first two activities of the project in which students test friction and build batteries, focus on the subject areas of engineering, motion and interactions.

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“The most important thing we can do is inspire young minds and to advance the kind of science, math and technology education that will help youngsters take us to the next phase of space travel.”

- Senator John H. Glenn, Jr., NASA Astronaut and United States Senator 

Kelly is a NASA Education Professional Development Specialist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She works to support education in eleven East Coast states ranging from Virginia to Maine. Kelly started at NASA as an Informal Educator, which coordinated various programs and events intended to inspire teachers, students and families in grades K-8 in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) while bringing together NASA missions, engineers, and scientists at NASA Goddard’s Visitor Center. Prior to joining the education team at NASA, Kelly’s professional career consisted of 10 years of teaching Earth and Physical Sciences in various school systems and grade levels in the state of New Jersey. The districts have ranged from urban to suburban, as well as private and public schools. Outside of teaching in the United States, Kelly spent time during the summer as a volunteer English teacher in Costa Rica. She has pursued a career in teaching STEM and professional development workshops for NASA and has earned a Master’s degree in Science Leadership and Management.