November 13, 2018
ITEEA’s Technology and Engineering Dedicated STEM Professional Development (PD) Webinar Series
New Missions for the 2019 NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC)
Presenter: Dr. Sharon Bowers, Senior STEM Education Specialist
ITEEA's specially designed professional development webinar series focuses on Technology and Engineering Education best practices for leading Integrative STEM Education (I-STEM Education) in your school.
This webinar series is FREE to ITEEA members. The fee for nonmembers is $45. You must be logged in to see member pricing.
Register here: https://www.iteea.org/STEMCenter/EbD-PD/STEMWebinars/96925/Webinar21.aspx
Open the world of NASA to your students through the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). OPSPARC offers students in Grades 3-12 an opportunity to trace space back to their homes as they use NASA technology and spinoffs to solve real-world problems.
During this 45-minute webinar you’ll get a taste of OPSPARC Mission 1, 2, and 3 as you explore a new interactive NASA website and a 3D multi-user virtual world. OPSPARC is designed for flexible use and could be integrated into your classroom or implemented as a stand-alone for STEM clubs or special projects. This type of authentic experience builds context for learning and uses your classroom as a portal to current NASA missions.
Sharon Bowers, Senior STEM Education Specialist at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) will share this and other NASA and NIA engineering and design challenges and resources appropriate for grades 3 – 12 during this session.
Dr. Sharon Bowers, Senior STEM Education Specialist:
Sharon Bowers has been an K-8 educator for more than 30 years and her work with children earned her several honors, including recognition as a Secondary Science Presidential Award Winner for Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and her Masters in Special Education, both from McDaniel College. Sharon recently completed her doctorate in Integrative STEM Education at Virginia Tech.
Sharon’s work at the Center for Integrative STEM Education (CISE) at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) focuses on developing resources that model best practice in the use of instructional technology to support STEM education. In this capacity, Sharon is the program manager for NASA InWorld OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (NASA OPSPARC), an engineering design challenge for secondary school students within a multi-user, interactive, synchronous virtual world.
Sharon also develops professional learning experiences for pre-service and in-service educators. She has designed and teaches graduate courses for McDaniel College that lead to a certificate in STEM instructional leadership.
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