Explore Earth: JPL Earth Science Missions
Tuesday 04/23/2019 
5:00 pm ET 

FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 4-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is well known for its robotic development, planetary investigations, and landmark deep space missions such as Voyager and Cassini. Yet, most would be surprised to learn that the majority of JPL missions are dedicated to enhancing our understanding our own planet. In this webinar, participants will explore JPL related earth science missions and high quality classroom lessons and educational resources that help promote scientific inquiry and engage students in critically examining earth related issues.

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.