"E" is for "Enabling" STEM Learning

This web seminar took place on February 5, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Susan Hoban of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Dr. Hoban began the presentation by providing an introduction to NASA's BEST (Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology) activity guides. She discussed the need to educate young students about engineering as a career path and described how the lessons from NASA's BEST can help engage students in engineering. Participating educators watched videos about the cyclical engineering design process and then Dr. Hoban led them through a sample design challenge to design, build, and test a solar sail. Participants tried out the challenge and shared ideas for implementing the activity with students.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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:

  • "I like that this seminar included a fair number of teaching tips about how to make the challenge run smoothly and how to get students really thinking during the activity."
  • "I loved that this was a hands-on web seminar. It gave a chance to see what we can do and anticipate for our students too."

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




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Underwritten by the GE Foundation