National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Human Body: Space Adaptations

This Web Seminar took place on June 28, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil talked about a series of integrated activities that investigate human adaptations during spaceflight.

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.

During the program, Ms. Keil discussed the impacts of microgravity on astronauts’ bodies. She shared detailed strategies for implementing three lessons targeted toward elementary and middle school students: O2…How Much?, Bag of Bones, and Get a Leg Up. Participants learned about required materials, procedures, data collection methods, and extensions. They also found out how to access a wealth of online resources related to the lessons, including videos and the educator guide.

Forty-three (43) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In addition, one participant joined the seminar from a location outside the United States: 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:

  • “Great seminar with wonderful activities the kids will enjoy and learn from!!”
  • “I loved the activities - especially the one testing bone loss. This will make learning about the skeletal system more relevant to students.”
  • “Great seminar - relevant, hands-on activities, easily adaptable.”
  • “Excellent activities that I know my students would love.”

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

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