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Are your children fascinated by space? Do they want to explore the most exciting NASA missions and cutting-edge technology? In this series of free virtual events, your kids will learn from NASA & Space top experts. Discover everything from how NASA collects asteroid rock and brings it back to Earth, to how they explore evidence of past microbial life on Mars, to how they rescued a NASA spacecraft a million times farther away than the space station. These NASA & Space experts will also share their own stories regarding pursuing a career in space, as well as their advice and even some opportunities for students who are passionate about this area. Save your spot for these exclusive events for free now!

Space Uniting the World with NASA Explorer Sandra Cauffman

Space Uniting the World with NASA Explorer Sandra Cauffman

  • Grades 4-12
  • Sandra Cauffman is a Costa Rican American specialist in electrical engineering and physics. Sandra worked for 25 years at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on missions such as the mission to Mars MAVEN, and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GOES-R. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Astrophysics Division within the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Previously she served as Acting Director in the Earth Science Division from February 2019 to June 2020, and the Deputy Director for the Earth Science Division from May 2016 - October 2021. Cauffman started as a contractor with NASA on February 1,1988 and became a NASA employee February 11,1991. Cauffman is the first Costa Rican woman to lead a Mars related mission. 

    Sandra was born and raised by her single mother in Costa Rica in a home with scarce resources available. Growing up extremely poor, she and her mother moved often so her mother could work two or three jobs at a time. Sandra was persistent in her love for space science and refused to give up on her passion to one day work in the field. Her mother continuously supported Sandra's dreams, and was a continuous source of inspiration for Sandra - especially when things felt too hard.

    We encourage you to come to this event with questions prepared. A few topics that Sandra is the ideal person to answer questions about include the mission to Mars MAVEN, NASA Earth Sciences, NASA Astrophysics Division, and GOES-R Satellite System. We look forward to seeing you at this special event!

  • 55 minutes
    Single Session
  • 2-500 students group class
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Join Small-Group Outer-Space Kids Virtual Classes

If your children are interested in the NASA expert series, further indulge their learning and creativity with more in-depth learning about outer space in a live virtual small group class (5 students max means lots of engaging teacher attention). To help your student explore and cultivate their passion for space, choose from classes on Star Trek, space careers, coding for outer space, and many more — no background in astronomy is required. Pick your kids' favorite topic and start their space journey today! Hurry, spots are limited.



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Star Trek and the NASA Connection (Request Time)

Star Trek and the NASA Connection (Request Time)

Grades 5-12

Star Trek: The History of the Future & the NASA Connection In this fun multidisciplinary class, students develop leadership skills while becoming familiar with the history, philosophy and technology of the first 3 Star Trek series as they learn about their impact on NASA and popular culture. Class One: Star Trek's impact on technological innovation and the NASA connection In this class we review Star Trek's important impact on NASA and technology. This will include its impact on the Apollo program as well as the work of African American Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols in the Space Shuttle's recruitment program. Many tech devices we use everyday, including smartphones, were inspired by Star Trek. We will explore which Star Trek inventions have come true and which ones are still a few years ahead, such as the phaser, medical tricorder and transporter. We will discuss some of the scientific principals behind these devices. This class is ideal for those interested in tech history and innovation as well as the history of American popular culture. Class Two: First Contact with Extraterrestrial Civilizations and the philosophy of Star Trek's Prime Directive In this class we review several topical dramatic situations from Star Trek and compare and contrast Star Trek's non interference directive to an eventual real life first contact scenario with an alien civilization. These issues are becoming increasingly relevant as humanity approaches the day when life beyond Earth is officially confirmed. Students will have fun creatively acting out 1st Contact scenarios. Class Three: Applying Problem Solving and Leadership Skills. In this class we debate the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership styles of 3 Star Trek captains based on scenarios we will review together. Students will develop their problem solving /conflict resolution skills through fun role role plays inspired by scenarios from Star Trek that have real life implications. This class develops team work skills and is ideal for aspiring astronauts. Get ready for some time travel! Class Four: The Legacy of Star Trek in Popular Culture Star Trek has gifted us with a rich cultural and technological legacy including the Vulcan hand salute and the Vulcan philosophy of "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations." In this class students will explore the lasting impact Star Trek has made through movies spin off series and merchandising. Students will get an exciting inside view of a Star Trek Convention and pay a virtual visit to Starfleet Academy. Students will discuss which area of Star Fleet appeals to them the most: Command, Communications, Science etc. These decisions will help orient students towards their future study paths and careers.

The Path to Space Careers: 4 sessions /Private Classes ( You may also request times).

The Path to Space Careers: 4 sessions /Private Classes ( You may also request times).

Grades 3-11

A convenient way for space enthusiasts to book 4 private classes in a schedule that works best for them. Fine tune your knowledge of space exploration in private classes tailored to your individual interests and needs. Recommended for students interested in expanding their knowledge of space programs, developing their own space projects and one day doing an internship with NASA. In this exciting 4 part course students are introduced to key space missions, careers and NASA mentors which will inspire the students on their paths to one day working in the aerospace industry. Join me as we travel through the solar system and beyond and learn about the real people who do amazing space jobs. ( engineers, scientists, astronauts etc). We will discuss past, current and future space missions including the Artemis missions to the moon, the Perseverance Mars Rover, Voyager, the discovery of exoplanets, CubeSats, upcoming missions to Europa and Titan. Students will be given tips on how to go about applying for NASA internships and will be provided opportunities to connect directly with NASA specialists/mentors. My teaching style is fun and informal and I explain complex ideas in an enjoyable way so my students have fun as they interactively explore their interest in space exploration. I am fortunate to have many contacts who work on space missions at NASA centers, universities and other space agencies. Introducing my students to NASA mentors gives me great satisfaction and gives the students an advantage for conducting further space research and exploring their paths to working in the space industry. Students will have the opportunity to act out mock NASA internship interviews to help prepare them for when they apply for internships. Students will be encouraged and coached to prepare a project to submit in next year's Junior Breakthrough Challenge.

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