Distance Rate Time Problems: Smart Skies
This web seminar for educators of students in grades 4–6 featured an engaging activity
called “Smart Skies.” In this activity, students explored the mathematics involved
in the role of an air traffic controller. The challenge was to use mathematical
reasoning and distance, rate, and time concepts to change airplane routes and speeds
to line up three airplanes safely and with proper spacing at a given intersection.
Web seminar participants received an overview of the “Smart Skies” activity and
discussed ways to modify it to include the engineering design process.
This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences
sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests
in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage
a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs
to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA's
people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through
thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching
materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA
Explorer Schools project, visit
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