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UNDERSTANDING NASA RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING

Learn about NASA remote learning tools and services with guest speakers Matthew Pearce and Rosalba Giarratano of NASA Goddard Space Center as they show us how to work with NASA’s resources for remote learning.

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Matthew Pearce, NASA Education Program Specialist. Pearce has over 30 years of diverse leadership, administrative and STEM education experience across all levels of academia. Currently employed by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies located at Columbia University as a NASA Education Program Specialist. Served as a Founding Science Department Chair of a new school for 7 years with over 15 years of leading, designing and developing highly effective distance learning STEM education programs. Collaborated with NASA for 10 years as a NASA-NEAT educator. Provided services as an educational consultant to schools, businesses and media organizations. Extensive curriculum development and leadership experience in STEAM, online instruction, medical, life and the physical sciences. Created multiple partnerships between academia and corporate institutions to create innovative educational programs. Published author in genetics, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology and health science. Received awards for excellence in science teaching from the National Science Foundation, NASA and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Francis Crick.

Rosalba Giarratano is currently a Pathways Intern for the NASA Goddard Space Flight’s Office of STEM Engagement at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. She has five years of experience as an informal educator. She served as a site director for an after-school organization providing care and enrichment classes to students Pre-K to 5 from six public schools in Queens. She participated in a professional development workshop at NASA Glenn Research Center in 2016, which led to a semester-long opportunity as an Education Intern at NASA Kennedy Space Center in 2017; during this time, Rosalba published a professional development module for educators about space plant growth, in English and in Spanish. Rosalba then worked as a GLOBE Air Quality Intern for NASA Langley Research Center for a year, in 2018; during this period, she successfully engaged special education student groups in science research projects that are still active. Rosalba has a B.S. in Engineering, an M.S. in Information Systems, and an M.S. in Bilingual Education.