Advanced Gravity with NASA
Wednesday 01/10/2018
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1.5-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 9-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1.5-hour webinar.

Participants will get an overview of NASA gravity missions and resources for teaching about advanced gravity concepts including gravity waves and relativistic frame dragging. As a part of the webinar, participants will also hear from special guest speaker Dr. Chaz A. Shapiro.

Discussion will include modifications of activities and accommodations. This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards PS2.

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John Weis has been an Education Specialist with NASA for the last 10 years. He is currently stationed at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition to providing online professional development for educators, John is responsible for educational outreach including professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers, community programs and liaising with state and local education agencies in the Marshall region of Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Alabama and Tennessee. John earned a BS in Science and Mathematics Teaching with an emphasis in Mathematics and Physics from the Florida State University and an MS in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Scranton. Before joining NASA education, he spent 10 years as a secondary science teacher in Volusia County, Florida. His areas of specialization include Mathematics, Physics, Earth/Space Science, and Astronomy.

Brandon Rodriguez is the Education Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. Brandon originally received his undergraduate degree in 2005 in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University, then his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2009. Afterwards he worked for several years in the private sector doing research for green alternatives to petrochemicals as well as in the field of genetically modified food options for developing countries. This led to a desire to give back to under-represented communities, in order to help foster the growth of the next generation of scientists who could solve the problems of tomorrow. As such, Brandon became a chemistry teacher at a local charter school, leading numerous extracurricular activities, such as the Women in Science Club. In 2016 he joined the EPDC team and focuses on professional development for science teachers serving communities in need.