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Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work – A Breath of Fresh Air

This Web Seminar took place on October 12, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer School Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil talked about the recycling of air and water on the International Space Station and how you can show some of these techniques in the classroom.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This was the first presentation of Electrolysis of Water: Math and Science @ Work – A Breath of Fresh Air program. Ms. Keil showed the participants a number of videos of astronauts on the International Space Station talking about the methods by which air and water are recycled. In addition, she guided participants through the labs that students can perform to illustrate the resource recycling methods, which also relate to physical science standards.

Thirty-three (33) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. Four people joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I can use chemistry terms and knowledge to apply them on earth science. Also it can be taught as an alternative way to preserve water as a natural resource, recycling and reusing it.”
  • “There was not only some background information for me, but elementary teachers need to remember what they are preparing students for and find ways to help them get ready to succeed at higher levels. Adapting materials and activities from higher level activities provides excitement and preparation for future success.”
  • “I'm not yet teaching the older grades but I am trying to keep myself aware of what is out there and what new things are being done. This is important due to the concerns over our water system and also because students often have a great interest in what NASA is implementing.”
  • “I would like to do electrolysis in my 9th gr. physical science classes. This was a good example of how to do the lab with the new equipment available.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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