Want to bring STEM and space for all ages of child to your library? NASA has a great line up of upcoming webinars to help you do just that! From the NASA Education Express Newsletter:

Free NASA Educator Professional Development Webinars

The NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University is presenting a series of free webinars open to all educators. Join NASA education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources that bring NASA into your classroom. Registration is required to participate. Simply click on the link provided beneath the webinar description to register.

Mission to Mars Series: Mars Bound — Journey to the Red Planet
Audience:
Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-10
Event Date: Sept. 28, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Learn about ways to use NASA remote-sensing data to develop or refine theories about how air, water and impact events can test theories and provide evidence for exploration on Mars. Multiple inquiry-based activities will deepen participants’ understanding of the behavior of the Earth’s geologic features and how they compare to Mars’. Register online to participate.https://www.etouches.com/140362

Primarily Physics
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-2
Event Date: Sept. 29, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Explore activities that use art, reading and play to bring NASA physics to students in kindergarten through second grade! Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/137337

Mission to Mars Series: Modeling Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 5-8
Event Date: Sept. 30, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Students you teach today may be the first explorers to Mars? How far will they have to travel to explore Mars? Is Mars big or small? This webinar will investigate those questions and explore our Earth, moon and Mars with NASA STEM activities that model the sizes of and distances between those bodies in our neighborhood while also integrating the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/140428

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): NASA InSight – Next Mars Mission
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 1, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
NASA’s next mission to Mars is InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport). As the InSight spacecraft probes deep within the surface of the Red Planet, the story of Mars’ origins will unfold. InSight willsend real-time data back to Earth to reveal Mars’ long historical record, hidden for eons under its rocky surface. This session will focus on some of the tools Insight will provide for the classroom so that students can perform data analysis, just as scientists do, engaging in comparative planetology across multiple themes. Register online to participate.https://www.etouches.com/140758

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Making Water on a Desert Planet
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 7-9
Event Date: Oct. 5, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Participants will learn what it takes to stay hydrated on Mars by creating a water filtration system using the Engineering Design Process. This webinar is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate.https://www.etouches.com/141385

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Exploration Then and Now
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 3-8
Event Date: October 6, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Imagine being a settler of Jamestown in 1607 and trying to survive the harsh conditions of a new and unfamiliar world. Now, imagine being one of the first astronauts to visit Mars and building a settlement in the extreme Martian environment. How would these two experiences compare? If resources are limited, how would you make decisions about items you need and those you don’t? Come explore as we travel through time and space to inhabit new worlds! Register online to participate.https://www.etouches.com/142306

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Mars Needs Food
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades 4-8
Event Date: October 7, 2015, at 6 p.m. EDT
Explore future human exploration of Mars with a focus on the food and nutritional needs of those future explorers. Participants will explore NASA STEM resources to investigate the caloric content and nutritional value of space foods. Resources relating to the nutritional needs of astronauts will be used to construct a sample space food menu and develop a better understanding of space food and nutrition for future human explorers to Mars. The investigations will align with Next Generation Science Standards. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/141587

Journey to M*A*R*S (Martian Advanced Resources for Survival): Getting Dirty on Mars
Audience: Pre-service, In-service, Home School and Informal Educators of Grades K-12
Event Date: Oct. 8, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. EDT
Get the scoop on soil. This webinar will use comparison to teach the similarities and differences between soil properties on Earth and Mars. The focus will be on working in cooperative groups to collect and study soil samples, similar to investigations done by NASA’s robotic Phoenix Mars Mission. Key concepts will include understanding the properties of soils and examining soils for their ability to sustain organisms. This webinar will include a discussion of NASA resources on soil and Mars. The activities promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork while engaging the students in learning that is both fun and relevant to their everyday lives. Register online to participate. https://www.etouches.com/139283

For a full schedule of upcoming NASA Educator Professional Development webinars, visit http://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.

Please direct questions about this series of webinars to Steve Culivan at stephen.p.culivan@nasa.gov.