Survival on Mars LaSalle Illinois
Tuesday 10/16/2018 
9:00 am CT
The Martian: Five Engineering Design Challenges Around The Movie 

LaSalle Public Library 

305 Marquette Street

LaSalle, Illinois   61301

Phone: (815) 223-2341



Educators in Grades K-8


The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 6 hour workshop.

Come and Explore the  inquiry based hands-on STEM challenges..  All participants can learn from this experience regardless of level. These activities are dynamic by nature and incorporate cooperative learning and exploration. The activities are versatile and can be used as stand alones or incorporated into complex units. We will explore 5 Engineering Design Challenges from the movie The Martian.


9:00-9:30             Getting Organized

9:30-10:30            Expeditionary Skills (Improving the Efficacy of your Teams)

10:30-11:30          Spacesuits: Radiation Shielding Design Challenge

11:30-12:00          Space Food: Space Nutrition eBook and Integrated Technology Challenge

12:00-12:30           Lunch

12:30-1:30             Cleaning Water- Engineering Design Challenge

1:30-2:00              Designing a Crew Exploration Vehicle

2:00-3:00              Launching the CEV into Space

Susan Kohler is the current Education Professional Development Specialist at Glenn Research Center and serves the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational leadership experience. She has served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Math/Science Consultant and Asst. Superintendent. Susan taught science for 13 years at the high school level. Her expertise in STEM and professional development is combined with her knowledge of new technology trends and innovative instructional strategies. Susan holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College as well as a Bachelors degree of Science in Biological Sciences with the emphasis on Neurophysiology from Ramapo College in New Jersey.