The purpose of the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) is to help teachers learn about and use NASA's educational resources. The centers provide educators with inservice and preservice training, demonstrations, and access to NASA instructional products. They are located on or near NASA Field Centers, museums, colleges, or other nonprofit organizations.
Pre-service and in-service educators have the option to attend the NASA workshops online or in person at the Kremen School of Education and Human Development (KSOEHD).
- To sign up for online workshops, visit https://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/.
Note: under EVENT TYPE you will select Online EPD Webinar, and make your choice.
- To sign up for in-person workshops at the KSEOHD complete the Google Form.
NASA Workshops are offered at the Kremen School of Education during the Summer and Fall semesters.
Student Reflections on Past Workshops
There was a variety of activities that were easy to do and simple to do in the classroom. The activities gave students the opportunity to be fully engaged and could be used for any grade level. As a future educator, it is important to incorporate NASA related activities in the classroom to allow students to remain informed and encourage them to learn more about the subject.
- Angela Her
“As young scientists, there is no right answer. We have to go through the process of trying it out for ourselves. See what works and what doesn’t. These are the keys to becoming a successful scientist. My students will also have to think in this way when building a prototype. I’ve taken many science classes in the past but none have taught me the orbit of the moon around earth in this manner that was so easy to understand. I loved these workshops and learned a lot.”
- Dong Vang
“Now that I know about the videos showed in this workshop, I will find opportunities to show them in my classroom. These would be great mini lessons to teach students about various careers that would be STEM related. I like the resources provided since it ensures we make time for science every day! The hands-on activities are great and help us retain knowledge. I am grateful that CSU Fresno allowed us to have the opportunity to experience something like this.”
- Gloria Contreras
“Attending the NASA workshop was a fun and interactive experience. Creating a space shuttle was extremely fun because we were given the opportunity to be engineers and build something. Bringing realia into the classroom is a powerful strategy, especially for EL students because it brings the lesson to life. My favorite part about this activity was being able to work with a group. It opened may opportunities for everyone to participate and be fully engaged because everyone had a role. Learning through active engagement allows students to grow and learn from content involvement. If we want our students to display interest in the math or science fields it is important for us as educators to raise awareness on the type of technological devices, we have and bring content to life. Overall the workshop was effective and enhancing and would recommend all teachers to attend.”
- Ilse Cortez
“As a student, I vastly enjoyed the activities that I participated in during this moon workshop. All of the activities were engaging and fun because they actively allowed me to do things hands-on. I can definitely see myself using this activity next year to not only deeply engage my students in their learning but to also help ingrain their learning by doing a hands-on activity.”
- Jennifer Lee
“I started out with not only enthusiasm for a NASA workshop, but I have to say, I had pretty high expectations. I don’t feel at all disappointed. While the scope of presentation was not as technical as I had hoped, it exceeded my expectations by providing so many possible applications and resources for an elementary or middle school classroom science program.”
- John Hall