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All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions This Web Seminar, sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools, was delivered twice, on October 30, and on November 6, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Presenting was Jonathan Neubauer, Education Specialist at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The web seminar focused on the recent space shuttle mission STS-118 that launched the first Educator Astronaut to the International Space Station. The presenter also talked about the educational programs designed to engage teachers and students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities.

This web seminar was a follow-up to the NASA Symposium that took place at the NSTA Area Conference on Science Education in Detroit, Michigan. The presenter shared information about the STS-118 mission, the International Space Station and the Engineering Design Challenge. The Web seminar was designed for educators of grades 4-9.

Fifty (50) participants were present at the live Web Seminar on October 30 and thirty-five (35) attended the web seminar on November 6 in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators to both web seminars represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. One participant attended the programs from Colombia and two others from Puerto Rico. Seminar participants received one of NSTA’s SciGuide 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 Seminars:

  • "I enjoyed learning more about the ISS and learning about the
    educational resources available on the NASA website.”

  • “I stayed engaged, like my students, due to the interactivity. Loved the
    format and wonderful presenter!”

  • “I really appreciated NASA providing a real person to tell us about
    the mission. I learned a few new facts about the ISS and the Mission
    118 crew.”

  • “I learned that Barbara Morgan was not a teacher in space, but
    rather an Educator Astronaut. And I learned of an opportunity for
    collaboration between my honors physics and honors biology

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


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