Explore Solar System and Beyond: Preparing Perseverance for Mars
Thursday 06/25/2020
1:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12
Building on the legacy of past robotic explorers such as Sojouner, Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity, NASA is gearing up to launch the next robotic explorer, Perseverance, to usher in the next chapter of the long-term exploration of the Red Planet. In this special webinar, Lisa Guan, a plantetary protection engineer NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss her role in the project and offer insights into this historic mission. Engaging NASA-based educational materials and resources will also be presented during the webinar.



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.