Science Speakers Program

Why is the sky blue? Is there life on other planets? How do I pursue a career in science? The UArizona NASA Space Grant Science Speakers Program brings faculty, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and University clubs to your class or organization to give talks on a variety of topics. The presentations range from graphic demonstrations of natural phenomena to reports on current research projects and cutting-edge technology.

How it Works

Educators in the Tucson area select a presentation they are interested in and use the online list to contact the speaker. Once the teacher and speaker agree on a time and date, the speaker visits the classroom and gives their listed talk (note: a teacher must be present at all times during each presentation). This directory is organized according to presentation topic and topics are cross-listed under appropriate categories. Below each category heading you will find a list of presentation titles, speakers, their telephone numbers and e-mail addresses, and other information that may be useful in choosing and contacting a speaker.

Outreach Log

Thank you for using the Space Grant Science Speakers website. Were you or your club/research team contacted by an educator that used this website? Did you conduct an outreach event with that educator? If so, please take a few moments to help us track use of this site by filling out the Outreach Log form below.

Tucson Science Speaker Lists

STEM Resources Created by Space Grant Fellows

Diana Zamora-Reyes (2019 Fellow): "Story Maps of Historical Flooding in Arizona"

Middle, High School, and Adult Audiences can view an assortment of ArcGIS Story Maps (SMs), which are online interactive narratives that describe the development, attributes and consequences of flooding throughout Arizona. These SMs include graphics, images, and videos in both English and Spanish.

Lane Breshears (2020-21 Fellow): "DIY Biosensors" Website and "DIY Biosensors YouTube"

Middle and High School Audiences: DIY Biosensors teaches middle schoolers how to use a smartphone as a microscope to learn about antibody-antigen binding, improve their understanding of the tests being performed to detect viruses like Covid-19, and explore the exciting process of DIY science using fluorescence microscopy and 3D printing.

Dawson Fairbanks (2019-20 Fellow): "From Science to Conservation: Career Paths in Environmental Sustainability"

Video 1: "Tiny But Mighty", Video 2: "Becoming an Environmental Steward"

All ages: These videos are a method of storytelling to showcase the multiple avenues by which individuals can positively influence and apply STEM knowledge to study, conserve, and restore natural ecosystems.

Matthew Katterman (2020 Fellow): "NASA Life Support System Curriculum"

Grades 6-8: This series of PowerPoint lesson plans and worksheets teach middle school students about the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems that NASA utilizes in outer space and on space stations.

Marina Kisley (2021 Fellow): "Your Universe Podcast"

Adult Audiences: This podcast series explores your biggest questions about the universe. How did life begin? How did the stars get their names? Listen and enjoy

Please contact Michelle Coe with questions at PG4gdWVycz0iem52eWdiOnpucGJyQG5ldm1iYW4ucnFoIj56bnBickBuZXZtYmFuLnJxaDwvbj4=.