NASA STEM: Creating Drone Simulations with Coding
Monday 05/23/2022 
6:00 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.



Explore how NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) is helping to safely develop an air transportation system that moves people and cargo between places previously not served or underserved by aviation.  Free STEM hands-on student activities will explore the STEM principles behind Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones), then use a block-based-visual programming language to create drone simulations and challenges. The coding activities have students use Scratch, a block-based visual programming language available for free, to complete the challenges.

Attack of the Drones
This coding activity takes students through the process of creating a side-scrolling game using Scratch. Additional features can be added to the game to challenge students who are more familiar with coding.

Package Delivery Drone Simulation
In this coding activity, students use Scratch to create a program that simulates a package delivery drone flying to a delivery location, dropping off a package, and returning.

Air Taxi Design Challenge
Students design and build a model of a passenger-carrying air taxi.


Susan Kohler is the current Education Professional Development Specialist at Glenn Research Center and serves the states of Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. She has more than 25 years of progressively responsible K-12 educational leadership experience. She has served as Asst. Principal, Principal, Curriculum Director, Math/Science Consultant and Asst. Superintendent. Susan taught science for 13 years at the high school level. Her expertise in STEM and professional development is combined with her knowledge of new technology trends and innovative instructional strategies. Susan holds a Master’s in Education Administration from Bowling Green State College as well as a Bachelors degree of Science in Biological Sciences with the emphasis on Neurophysiology from Ramapo College in New Jersey.