NASA STEM: Use Computational Thinking to Solve Where to Land the Lunar Lander
Thursday 10/06/2022
5:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 3-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.

Explore Moon Geology. NASA has designed two standards-based challenges to help students learn about Moon Geology.  Use the scientific research process to choose the appropriate human landing site, weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each site. 

  • Construct an evidence-based argument about which site is most suitable based on NASA data.
  • Convert temperatures from Kelvin to Fahrenheit.
  • Perform calculations such as surface area and volume in support of their argument.           
  • Select an appropriate landing site for astronauts on the South Pole of the Moon by using NASA topographic maps and data to compare resources and conditions of locations.
  • Create a scale replica of a portion of the Moon’s surface that could be an ideal human landing site and identify the geologic features.

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.