Explore Solar System and Beyond: OSIRIS-Rex
Tuesday 10/13/2020
4:30 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators serving Grades K-12

The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

The Week of OSIRIS

Join us for an educator professional development webinar about exploring the solar system with OSIRIS-REx!  Learn about the journey to the asteroid Bennu, the sample collection, and return.  

Along the way, OSIRIS-REx has avoided hazards while precisely targeting a location on the moving asteroid Bennu.  There are several videos to share and an activity using modern-day technology to calculate launch windows and orbits.

Participants will receive hands-on activities for students that combine math, science, engineering and technology.

This educational activity aligns to NASA Education API 2.4.2 - Continue to support STEM educators through the delivery of NASA education content and engagement in educator professional development opportunities.



Dr. Daniel Glavin is an Astrobiologist and the Associate Director for Science in the Solar System Exploration Division at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. His research focuses on the analysis of amino acids and other chemical building blocks of life in extraterrestrial materials, including meteorites and samples returned from asteroids and comets. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physics from the University of California at San Diego in 1996 and a Doctorate Degree in Earth Sciences in 2001. In 2002, Dr. Glavin joined the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) team and spent six weeks collecting meteorites from the blue ice fields along the Transantarctic Mountains. His adventures are described in his recent memoir “Frozen in Time: Hunting Meteorites in Antarctica for Signs of Life.” Dr. Glavin is a Co-Investigator on the OSIRIS-REx mission and is leading the Organics Analysis team that will study the samples from asteroid Bennu after they are returned in September 2023.

Barbie Buckner is a 20+ year STEM classroom teacher with a Doctorate Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Louisville. Her research interest include 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, broadening 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 encourage more STEM majors, particularly women, to keep this great nation at the forefront in technology, innovation, and advancement.”