Engineering Design: Forces and Motion -- Balloon Aerodynamics
This Web Seminar took place on March 5, 2012 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern
Time. The presenter was
NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Marshall Space Flight Center. In this
Seminar, Ms. Hill connected NASA’s work involving data-collecting balloons to a
hands-on engineering design challenge for students in grades 6-10.
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 second presentation of the Engineering Design: Forces and Motion --
Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge program and it will be repeated in 2012. In the seminar,
Ms. Hill discussed the concepts of lift, drag, weight, and thrust, and the application
of density and neutral buoyancy to NASA’s research. She shared the steps for a lesson
that challenges students to design their own balloons to gather data in the classroom
or in the field.
Fifty-one (51) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the
United States: Dominican Republic, Germany, 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
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Its content was a great refresher course. It was an excellent example for a
- “Loved how the seminar explained how to do everything including extensions.”
- “Contained some great ideas to incorporate into my middle school program for
- “I can't wait to do this with my 8th graders.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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