Explore Humans in Space: Mass vs Weight on the International Space Station
Tuesday 12/15/2020
4:30 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.

Participants will learn about hands-on standards aligned activities using mass and weight. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of humans on the International Space Station while learning about micro-gravity.  

Students often confuse the terms "mass" and "weight." Each activity in this series demonstrates the difference between mass and weight by comparing students' results with the results of astronauts aboard the space station. Students perform the activities and analyze their data. Then they watch video of astronauts performing similar demonstrations on the station.

The activities focus on Newton's second law of motion.  These activities will demonstrate the difference between mass and weight, Investigate careers in space exploration, and learn about the international partnerships involved in the space station.

This webinar addresses the Next Generation Science Standards ESS1 and ESS2 and Common Core Math Standards.




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.”