Event Catalog

Special Event:  Women, Innovation, & Aerospace


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Target Audience
  • Educators: K-12
  • Students
Hosting Center(s)
  • Langley Research Center
Subject Category
  • Professional Development
Unit Correlation
  • Exploring Engineering and Technology
  • Special Programs
Grade Level
  • 5-8
Minimum Delivery Time
  • 060 min(s)
Maximum Connection Time
  • 060 min(s)
Event Focus

Are you innovative? How does your schoolwork help you along your career path? Discover various paths of science, technology, engineering, and math to decide if you’re ready to help support NASA’s vision for exploration.


March 8, 2012  12:00-12:45 ET - Join Lesa Roe, Center Director of NASA Langley Research Center, as she hosts a discussion among students and early career professional encouraging women to enter and succeed in the field of aerospace. A limited number of schools will be able to participate during the live Special Event.  All schools are able to watch via live streaming.

Instructional Objectives

Learners share information about some of the careers they are interested in pursuing.


Learners explore women’s opportunities for aerospace careers and how to increase their visibility in the aerospace community.


Learners discover some of the many careers available at NASA and share interests in a broad spectrum of aerospace careers.


Learners examine and discuss possible paths to working at NASA.


Learners demonstrate their understanding by developing a career pathway to further their education and training.


Sequence of Events

Pre-Conference Activities

• As measured by the pre- and post-assessments in the NASA Careers Education Guide (link below), students will develop an increased awareness of careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

• Using the career debrief sheet, students will reflect upon STEM careers presented during the video conference. This will be evident through discussions occurring during the video conference.

Videoconference Activities

Topics covered during the event:

• The many Careers at NASA

• The difference between a job and a career

• What does an Engineer do?

• NASA Scientist

• NASA Astronaut

• Working for NASA

• What does NASA look for in its workforce?

This event will occur on March 8, 2012 from 12:00-12:45 ET.

If your class is interested in interacting LIVE with Director Roe, please email Karen Ricks at karen.ricks@nasa.gov and include the following information:

-Educator Name

-School Name

-Grade Level(s)

-School phone number

-School Email

-City/State your school is located

This event is for middle school students ONLY. 


Post-Conference Activities

• Complete survey

• Students will summarize the information gained from the video conference and conduct their own research in order to creating brochure that will be made available to the student body. This brochure can be shared with the class or put on display within the school.




Science and Technology In Society - Content Standard F:

As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding that:

• Scientists and engineers work in many different settings, including colleges and universities, businesses and industries, specific research institutes, and government agencies.

Module Connection: This module will help students explore career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

History and Nature of Science - Content Standard G:

As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of Science as a Human Endeavor.

• Women and men of various social and ethnic backgrounds—and with diverse interests, talents, qualities, and motivations—engage in the activities of science, engineering, and related fields such as the health professions. Some scientists work in teams, and some work alone, but all communicate extensively with others.

• Science requires different abilities, depending on such factors as the field of study and type of inquiry. Science is very much a human endeavor, and the work of science relies on basic human qualities, such as reasoning, insight, energy, skill, and creativity--as well as on scientific habits of mind, such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas.

Module Connection: Teamwork is essential in today’s multifaceted work force. It takes a team of people to safely launch an astronaut in space.

National Standards for Technological Literacy

Standard 17 - Students will develop an understanding of, and be able to select and use, information and communication technologies. Grade Level 6-8:

H. Information and communication systems allow information to be transferred from human to human, human to machine, and machine to human.

J. The design of the message is influenced by such factors as intended audience, medium, purpose, and the nature of the message.

Module Connection: Students will use videoconferencing to share their beliefs and opinions to others about STEM careers.