Education Support and Instructional Design

NASA Aeronautics and NASA Space Technology


Born and raised in Mars, PA, April Lanotte has been working with NASA in a variety of capacities since 2011. She currently supports NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. In addition, she is the Director of Education at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, CO. An educator for over twenty years, April works on making aerospace science more accessible to teachers and students. Current projects include working on education activities that focus on sUAVs (drones) and upcoming space technologies.

April holds a Master of Science in Space Science Education from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a Master of Arts in English Literature with a Nonfiction Science Writing emphasis from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

With graduate degrees in both Space Science Education and in English, April has contributed a STEM Literacy chapter to Best Practices in STEM Education: Innovative Approaches from Einstein Fellow Alumni, which was released in the fall of 2018. Other published aeronautics projects include small unmanned aerial vehicle lessons and activities, an activity guide that focuses on Earth’s atmosphere and human survival at high altitudes, development of AOPA’s high school aviation curriculum, and lessons that support ShareSpace Foundation’s Giant Moon Map. She has also contributed science content to Challenger Center for Space Science and Disney’s Youth Experiences in Science.


Talk Title: Mars and Beyond: What We Need to Get to Mars

Born and raised in Mars, PA, April Lanotte will discuss her role with NASA, along with a variety of ways people can get involved with NASA, too.




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