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Messenger: Cooling With Sunshades
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This Web Seminar took place on June 22, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jordan Snyder, NASA Explorer School Coordinator at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Snyder 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 fifth and final presentation of the MESSENGER: Cooling with Sunshades program for this academic year. Mr. Snyder 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. Mr. Snyder 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:

  • "The hands on activities that will also be included in the guide."
  • "Will use to reinforce variables and science inquiry at start of school year."
  • "It was interesting to see a project related to the real world for high school students"
  • "When I get to the astronomy unit this will be valuable for my students as a project regarding the sun, latent heat, the inner planets...etc."

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

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