Explore Humans in Space: Effects on Bone Density and Muscle Stress in Microgravity
Thursday 07/07/2022
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.

Come will learn about the effects on bone density and muscle stress onboard the International Space Station.  Explore how this also impacts our Artemis planning for the Journey to back to the Moon and then on to Mars. 

Do a deep dive into an activity about bone density where students can test how an impact can affect bones of different densities using a piece of cereal to represent a bone cell. Some bones have more cells which means they have higher density. Disuse or inactivity will lead to a decrease in bone density. Watch how astronauts on the International Space Station use exercise on orbit and dive into the science behind what happens to bones and muscles in microgravity.

Guidance regarding the use of instructional practices where the instructor is the expert guide and students are engaged with thinking about the content will be used as participants work through the learning process to find optimal solutions. With multiple levels of difficulty, differentiate learning can be tailored to meet student needs. Leave with a classroom ready PowerPoint that works great for an in-person, at home or virtual presentation and includes videos, links and aligns to NGSS.


Barbie 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 where she collaborated with colleagues on learning, learning environments, boarding participating and workforce development. Barbie 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, Barbie 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.”