Explore Solar System & Beyond: NASA's Hunt for Signs of Life on Exoplanets
Wednesday 06/24/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Students, Parents and Educators in Grades K-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

In this third chapter of NASA's Hunt for Signs of Life on Other Planets, we explore the implications of what NASA has learned about our solar system for exoplanets. NASA's Hubble, Spitzer, Kepler and K2 missions have been surveying thousands of stars in our Milky Way Galaxy, searching for evidence of transiting exoplanets within the "habitable zone." Join us as we explore the science and math (relevant instructional resources included) behind hunting for exoplanets, and how the James Webb Space Telescope may help in finding potentially habitable worlds orbiting other stars.

Dr. Anne Weiss is the Education Professional Development Specialist at Langley Research Center, which serves Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Anne originally trained as a neuroscientist, which included a research assignment in genetics at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since 1998, Anne has taught Earth science, chemistry & biochemistry, physical science, human anatomy & physiology, and general biology at the K-12 and higher education levels. As a graduate assistant, Anne served as Community Manager of the NASA Educators Online Network (NEON), the subject of her dissertation on online teacher professional development, for the NASA Aerospace Education Services Project (AESP). Anne earned a B.S. in Vertebrate Physiology (with history minor) from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. in Physiology from the Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University.