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Beginning Engineering Science & Technology (BEST) - Educator Professional Development Opportunity in NYC

Updated on October 25, 2016 - 2:52 PM CDT
Posted on October 17, 2016 - 10:49 AM CDT

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The NASA GSFC Office of Education at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in NYC invites you to attend the Beginning Engineering, Science, & Technology-(BEST) Program!  BEST is a free multi-session STEM educator professional development cohort to help you improve STEM education experiences for your students and community.  You will participate in hands-on NASA-themed engineering design challenges, receive presentations from NASA subject matter experts, and develop your own BEST STEM lesson to fit your classroom needs.  The program is available for formal and informal educators currently teaching students in grades K-8, and can be easily modified to fit customized classroom needs.  In addition to receiving training in BEST, educators will receive supplementary NASA educational resources and the opportunity to join an ongoing STEM community of practice.

The dates of the sessions are given below:
·        Session 1: Webinar – Monday, November 14th (4-5pm)

BEST Program Orientation Kickoff

Session 2:  GISS – Friday, December 2nd (1-4pm) & Saturday, December 3rd (10am-3pm)
o   Day 1:  Build a Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)
o   Day 2:  Build & Launch a Satellite to Orbit the Moon

Session 3:  GISS – Friday, January 20th (1-4pm) & Saturday, January 21st (10am-3pm)
o   Day 1:  Prepare for a Mission
o   Day 2:  Design a Lunar Buggy & Landing Pod

Session 4: GISS – Saturday, February 11th (10am-3pm)
o   Design Exploration Challenge

Session 5: Webinar – Monday, March 13th (4-5pm)
o   Earth Right Now: Engineering Design Processes

Session 6: Webinar – Monday, March 27th (4-5pm):
o   Earth Right Now: Satellites, GPM (Global Precipitation Mission)
o   Earth Right Now: SMAP (Soil Moisture Active Passive)

Session 7:  GISS – Friday, April 28th (1-4pm) & Saturday, April 29th (10am-3pm)
o   Day 1:  Lessons Learned & Curriculum Development
o   Day 2:  Design Challenge, Presentations to NASA & Certificate Ceremony
 Session 8: Webinar – May (Date TBD); Post Feedback & Future Recommendations

Please register at:

Visit NASA’s BEST website at for more information about BEST and to review educational content for your classroom. 

Please contact  Matt Pearce if you have any questions about the NYC fall program or need registration assistance.  

Matthew Pearce
Education Program Specialist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center-GSFC
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies-GISS
2880 Broadway, Suite 568
New York, NY 10025
212-678-6038 (Office)
646-419-0144 (Mobile)