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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures
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

In this program, teachers found out how to guide students in a hands-on challenge that allows them to undertake the problem of designing a thrust structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle rocket. Seminar participants got an overview of the activity, explored the NASA connection, shared tips and tricks for implementing this lesson in the classroom, watched videos of students engaged in the activity, and discussed possible modifications.


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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