Messenger: Cooling With Sunshades
This Web Seminar took place on February 28, 2011, 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 fourth and final presentation of the MESSENGER: Cooling with Sunshades program for this academic year. Ms. Cortez introduced a series of hands-on science and math activities that engage students with learning about basic properties of heat and temperature. Through these activities, students gain an understanding of the materials used in space that are designed to withstand extreme temperatures—like those used for the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Ms. Cortez also gave some general information about NASA Explorer Schools and the resources available to teachers on the NES website.
Eight (8) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Florida, Massachusetts, New York,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia. One participant joined the program from a country 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:
- “In 7th grade we cover the basics of these standards.”
- “Very helpful!”
- “Always nice to see how teachers implement and use lessons provided by NASA.”
- "Teach a lower grade level but can adapt to use certain portions.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!
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