NASA From Earth to Space (Part 2)
Tuesday 02/08/2022
5:00 pm ET
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.


As we continue our journey from Earth towards the edges of our solar system, we take a look at what orbits Earth.  There are dozens of satellites designed to help scientists monitor and learn more about our planet. In this session, we discuss how satellites help answer some difficult questions about our planet like, how many trees are there left on the planet? How do ocean migrations occur and how are they changing? What is the population of endangered animals (especially those in remote areas)? Join us to learn what you can do from home to help.

In this webinar, participants will hear from Vianni Ricano Cadenas, Aerospace Engineer at NASA's Langley Research Center discuss how NASA satellites help understand our planet and how these technologies impact our daily lives

This is the second part of a webinar series that highlight how NASA developed technology simultanously helps to understand of our place in the universe and help enhance human life on Earth.


Vianni Ricano Cadenas is an Aerospace Vehicle Design and Mission Analyst at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. Ricano is part of Gateway's Cross-Program Integration team and collaborates with different programs to meet the goals of the Artemis Program. In addition to supporting the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate(HEOMD), Ricano also supports the Science Mission Directorate (SMD). For SMD, Ricano performs early mission analysis for science missions. Ricano earned her bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University.

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.