Explore Space Tech: Robotics & The Engineering Design Process
Tuesday 03/12/2019
6:30 pm ET (3:30 pm PT)
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.

Come learn about Canadarm 2, NASA’s robotic arm onboard the International Space Station. Find out how to design and construct a robotic arm using Styrofoam cups while developing an understanding of engineering design and of the roles of troubleshooting, research and development, invention and innovation, and experimentation in problem solving. Learn about programming for the classroom with robots with take away hands-on, standards-aligned activities. Come learn about real world connections with NASA and robotics. Explore the versatility and possibilities of inquiry based learning experiences


This educational activity aligns to the Co-STEM Priority Goal to improve STEM Instruction by supporting the existing STEM teacher workforce.


Barbara 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 under the supervision of Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development.Barbara 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, Barbara 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.”