Rachel Zimmerman Brachman

I've been a member of NSTA for 15+ years. I'm past president of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, an NSTA-affiliated organization. I work at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Solar System, Earth Science, Exoplanets, Astrobiology, and Technology public engagement specialist. I present at national NSTA conferences every year. I run an international essay contest called "Scientist for a Day" for students in grades 5-12. I have a bachelor's degree in physics from Brandeis University and a Master of Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Born in London, Ontario, Canada, I currently live in the Los Angeles area.




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Recent Posts by Rachel

Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:46 PM in Perseverance Mars Rover webinars
Join Us Online to Learn About NASA's Next Mars Rover Join NASA experts and education specialists online for Teaching Space With NASA, a new virtual education offering from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The series kicks off June 16 through July 7 with three live online workshops about Perseverance, NASA's next Mars rover launching this summer. Ask questions, get education resources and find out h...

Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:09 PM in Parental involvement in the classroom
You can hold a Family Science Night in which the students showcase what they've learned in science class to their parents.  Open the science lab like an open house, and talk to parents about what your students have learned so far this year, and what they'll be learning the rest of the year.  Talk about how they can do "family science" at home, growing flowers in pots or in the garden, cooking tog...

Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:05 PM in Meaningful Science Lessons
When introducting new vocabulary, create a Word Wall that shows the new word along with a picture of what the word represents.  The students will learn to associate the word with the picture.

Recent Public Collections by Rachel

NASA's "Eyes on the Solar System" interactive web tool
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Teacher’s Toolkit: It’s a big, busy solar system
Type: Journal Article

Science for Students with Disabilities

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This is a collection of resources related to science education for students with disabilities.

Making Technology Inclusive
Type: Journal Article

Tech Trek: Technologies for special needs students
Type: Journal Article