Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface
This Web Seminar took place on November 1, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was
NASA Explorer School Coordinator at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In this Seminar,
Mr. Snyder talked about the activities and lessons related to the Lunar Surface
Instrumentation teacher’s guide. He also showed teachers where they could find advanced
math problems on the NASA website.
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,
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This was the first presentation of Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar
Surface Instrumentation. Mr. Snyder gave an overview of the information that helps
contextualize the math problems for students by explaining some of the issues associated
with moon colonization. He gave an example of a detailed math problem that is part
of this unit, and participants discussed ways they could present the information
to students who are not in higher math classes.
Twenty-eight (28) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition
to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states
of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and
Wisconsin. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a location
outside of the United States: Puerto Rico.
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
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- ”Showing students that math & science have a real-life application is always
- “Resources that are relevant to classroom use.”
- “I am always looking for ideas for integrating science and math.”
- “There was a wealth of resources presented. Also, the connections with curriculum
objectives to space exploration can be used to create high interest assignments.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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