Explore Earth: NASA STEM Fall Ecosystems Projects
Thursday 09/29/2022
5:00 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.

Take a walk-through nature and make seasonal observations of the surroundings. The activity provides both visual and tactile demonstrations of the interconnectedness of all components of an ecosystem and explains that they are dependent on each other for survival. Collect samples and examine the ecology of a local leaf litter (the forest floor) Community. Collect and identify the living organisms on the plot, identify the trophic levels, and create a food web and a pyramid of biomass. Start a discussion on leaf litter and the carbon cycle.


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.