Messenger: Cooling With Sunshades
This Web Seminar took place on September 27, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Alicia Baturoni Cortez, Education Lead for the Ames Educational Technology Team. In this Seminar, Ms. Cortez talked about the MESSENGER probe and the sunshade activity and lesson. The information was directed at the high school lessons, but the information can be adapted for instruction at lower grade levels.
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This is first presentation of the MESSENGER: Cooling with Sunshades program and
it will be repeated throughout the academic year. Ms. Cortez gave an overview of
a classroom activity which focuses on students creating sunshades out of readily
available and inexpensive materials. The activity incorporates a large mathematical
component as students look at the budget of their design as well as its effectiveness.
Ms. Cortez also gave some general information about NASA Explorer Schools and the
resources available to teachers on the NES website.
Fifteen (15) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the
presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Colorado,
Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
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:
- “I am currently working on the scientific process with my students, and this
activity does a great job of teaching that within a real world dynamic.”
- “Concepts are covered or would be, great lab idea that students will enjoy.”
- “Great resource for classroom experiments and lesson plans.”
- “I found it very interesting to hear a science experiment that was related to
an actual event occurring in the present. I also feel like I will be able to adapt
this lesson to my grade level.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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