Explore Earth: Humans in Space
Thursday 06/09/2022
1:00 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.

Every day since Nov. 2, 2000, people have been orbiting our planet inside the International Space Station, bringing together science, technology and human innovation to enable new technologies and research breakthroughs not possible on Earth. NASA astronauts and scientific work spaces aboard the station, as well as scientific investigations installed outside the station, make possible fundamental and cross-discipline research, advancing scientific knowledge about Earth, space and the physical and biological sciences, benefitting people living on our home planet and future explorers.

In this webinar, we will check in with NASA’s SpaceX Crew-4 team – consisting of NASA astronauts Kjell LindgrenBob HinesJessica Watkins, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti – and learn about their efforts to advance science and techology in low Earth orbit.

Join us to learn more about the crew, cargo, and mission and resources designed get students engaged this summer! 


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.