STEM Experiences that Engage

Saturday, May 1st 12:00 - 1:30pm

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Session Description

NASA Engaging the Artemis Generation

This presentation will provide educators NASA resources to engage students in standard aligned STEM hands-on activities focused on one of the Next Gen STEAM themes, Moon to Mars. As the Artemis Generation we will first create a “gracious space” where we can safely challenge and support our curiosities and thinking as a STEM community. A one-page article will be shared with participants prior to the session to help us prepare for the work. Then we will consider, reflect, and discuss the following question. How can we as a STEM community do a better job of engaging underserved and underrepresented students? Next, become a NASA champion by learning how to leverage NASA resources and act as a bridge to help NASA resources become accessible to a broader audience? Then, learn how the Engineering Design Process is utilized to promote critical thinking and problem solving that is easily integrated across all content areas and everyday decision making for students. Finally, we will use the engineering design process to explore a NASA hands-on activity appropriate for multiple grade levels. FREE NASA STEM resources aligned to Math Standards and NGSS will be provided in English and Spanish. Additional resources will include distant learning opportunities, teacher educator guides, and student hands-on activities.

Speaker Info

Sara Torres 

EPDC Education Specialist 

NASA Ames Research Center

Sara Lisa Garcia-Torres serves as an EPD Specialist at NASA Ames Research Center. Previously she worked as an Education Specialist at Texas State University. Her experience includes working in public schools for 16 years as a bilingual and inclusion teacher, Gifted & Talented Facilitator, and as STEM teacher. Sara works with educators, families, and community members to support STEM efforts in public schools, homes, and communities. She has been awarded several local grants and recognitions. Among them, a grant for utilizing green spaces at public elementary schools to begin a science outdoor classroom. Sara was recognized by her peers earning a Teacher of the Year award and receiving a national White House Initiative on Educational recognition. Her research interests include STEM education, both the delivery to underrepresented students (K-20), and culturally relevant preparation of teachers through traditional and non-traditional methods. She currently is pursuing Ph.D. studies at Texas State University. Sara holds degrees from Texas State University (MEd), and the University of Texas at San Antonio (BA).

Speaker Info

Monica Uribe 

EPDC Education Specialist 

NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Ms. Monica Uribe serves as the NASA Education Specialist for Armstrong Flight Center at Palm Dale, California.


Her work includes providing professional development sessions, webinars and NASA STEM engagement sessions, activities for educators and students and developing Spanish language resources. Ms. Uribe holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México with a concentration in Industrial Engineering and a Texas teaching certification in Mathematics for grades 4-12. She has several years of experience in industry as an engineer and has 12+ years of experience as educator. Her passion for teaching started when she was asked to support a GED program for migrant workers at Palo Alto College, San Antonio and that experience made her fell in love with the profession. Drawing on her experience in industry and as an educator, Ms. Uribe engages educators and students on a variety of topics in STEM Education to promote best practices in culturally responsive pedagogy and student learning.


Ms. Uribe is currently pursuing a doctorate in Mathematics Education at Texas State University.