Parents & Educators: Online Workshop

Who We Are

NASA and DESIGN SQUAD have teamed up to inspire the next generation of engineers!

NASA has launched an exciting new era of space exploration. By 2020, astronauts will return to the moon and begin establishing outposts where humans will live, work, and explore. Crucial to NASA's mission are the engineers who make it all possible—some 90,000 engineers develop the amazing technology that will take us to the moon and beyond!

Watch a video about NASA's moon mission
NASA: The Future of Discovery [2:46]

DESIGN SQUAD is the Peabody Award-winning TV show on PBS in which teenage contestants tackle engineering challenges for an actual client—they design everything from a hockey practice net for the Boston Bruins to a peanut butter grinder for a women's collective in Haiti. The show is an action-packed look at the design process: teams compete to create the best product; then their designs are put to the test!

Watch an overview of the DESIGN SQUAD show

Check out On the Moon, the NASA/DESIGN SQUAD activity guide about engineering and the adventure of space exploration. This workshop will walk you step-by-step through one of its activities.

See the activity guide

Workshop Credits

This NASA/DESIGN SQUAD online training was produced by the WGBH Educational Outreach and Interactive departments, in collaboration with NASA.

EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

Julie Benyo
Director, Educational Outreach

Thea Sahr
Associate Director, Educational Outreach

Sonja Latimore
Educational Content Manager

Borgna Brunner
Editorial Project Director

Lauren Feinberg
Associate Editor

INTERACTIVE

Molly Frey
Senior Developer

Li Wei
Designer

Mayo Todorovic
Designer

Toby Bottorf
Design Director

Amy Stahl
Project Manager, Business Manager

David Peth
Producer

Bill Shribman
Executive Producer

NASA

Jerry G. Hartman
Education Specialist—Exploration Systems Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters

Al Krause
Education Specialist—WILL Technology, Inc.
Academic Affairs Office
NASA Marshal Space Flight Center

EDUCATIONAL CONTENT ADVISOR

Nevin Katz
Educational Development Center, Inc.


Special thanks to the following WGBH departments and people:

RESEARCH

Marisa Castrini
Research Manager

MEDIA ACCESS GROUP

Ira Miller
Production Manager

Lori Ward
Client Services Manager

Geoff Freed
Project Manager
National Center for Accessible Media

DESIGN

Peter Lyons
Associate Creative Director

Dennis O'Reilly
Designer

Greta Merrick
Associate Designer

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING

Marisa Wolsky
Executive Producer

Michael Rossi
Associate Producer

SLIDE SHOW
ONE ACTIVITY: START TO FINISH

Natalie Hebshie
Activity Leader
Outreach Coordinator

Lisa Abitbol
Photographer

Ceit Zweil
Narrator

Jane Pipik
Recording and Production Engineer


Extra special thanks to the following kids and staff at Patrick O'Hearn Elementary's After School Program:

Fatima
Giulia
John
Justin
Kiara
Malik
Sadhana
Sean

Kimberly Willingham
Coordinator, Out of School Time

William Henderson, Ed. D.
Principal


Space images courtesy of NASA; all other images © WGBH.

In collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration