NASA STEM: Fire and Ice -Geoscience :Modeling and Analyzing Volcanoes
Tuesday 01/10/2023
5:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades 6-12
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.


More than 1,500 potentially active volcanoes dot the Earth’s landscape, of which approximately 500 are active at any given time. Although scientists keep watch over many of the Earth’s volcanoes using traditional ground observation methods, satellite-based remote sensing is quickly becoming a crucial tool for understanding where, when, and why the Earth’s volcanoes periodically boil over. We will explore NASA STEM lessons from My NASA Data including:
  • Modeling Earth's tectonic plate movement and exploring the relationship between these movements and different types of volcanoes.
  • Modeling a volcano and lava flows
  • Comparing multiple variables as they analyze geoscience data. 
  • Analyzing the impact of volcanoes on the ecosystems. 
  • Analyzing maps and time series data to understand changes from volcanic eruptions. 
  • Constructing data-based explanations and conclusions. 

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.