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Messenger: Cooling With Sunshades
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

Participants of this web seminar learned how to implement the exciting NASA lesson, Cooling with Sunshades. The MESSENGER mission to Mercury provides a great engineering challenge because of the high-temperature environment in which the spacecraft operates. Seminar attendees learned how to bring this NASA mission to life in the classroom by guiding students in designing and constructing their own sunshades similar to the equipment used on the MESSENGER spacecraft.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NES is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms providing authentic learning experiences inspired by NASA's unique missions. NES provides free teaching and learning resources that promote student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and opportunities for teachers and students to participate in NASA's mission of research and discovery through inquiry-based experiences directly related to the work of NASA scientists and engineers. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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