Ticketed event: $20.00
This workshop includes lunch.
This NASA STAR (STEM Teacher Achievement and Recognition) badging system will introduce all educators, including pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, faculty who prepare teachers, and informal educators to no-cost opportunities for educators to earn digital badges in a variety of STEM content areas. A review of the NASA STAR badging system will be conducted. Participants learn how to interact with the badging system, select badges, and explore learning content. The facilitators will lead a discussion regarding this resource and how it may link to other NASA EPDC professional learning opportunities in STEM.
Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Ph.D., is Assistant Research Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Education at Texas State University. Araceli is also director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research where she collaborates on various state and national STEM education programs and is PI on major grant initiatives such as the NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative and the NSF Texas State STEM Rising Stars. Araceli holds Engineering degrees from The University of Michigan and Kettering University. She holds a Masters degree in Education from Michigan State and a PhD in Engineering Education from Tufts University. Her research interests include studying the role of engineering as a curricular context for mathematics and science learning in K-20 and developing research-based active-learning instructional models and assessment instruments to enhance engineering students’ learning experiences and STEM teacher professional development. She works with teachers, families, and students from underrepresented communities.
Steve Culivan is the NASA STEM Education Professional Development Collaborative Specialist at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Mr. Culivan develops and provides NASA STEM online and face-to-face professional development programs for in-service, pre-service and informal educators. Mr. Culivan was the Principal Investigator for two International Space Station (ISS) in-flight education demonstrations. He additionally developed and co-developed several NASA curriculum products. Prior to his current twenty-seven year career with NASA Education, Mr. Culivan taught middle school Earth and Space Science, life science, English, art and coached several sports in his hometown of Baton Rouge, LA. He holds a current Louisiana teaching certificate in science and English. Mr. Culivan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Louisiana Tech University and a Masters of Science degree in Education from Oklahoma State University.