National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System

This Web Seminar took place on September 28, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Kristy Hill, an education specialist at Marshall Space Flight Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Hill discussed lessons focused on thermal protection systems and showed videos of the actual lesson execution.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This is first presentation of the Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System program for the 2011-2012 academic year. Ms. Hill showed the participants where to obtain the lessons and walked them through some examples teachers can use in their classrooms. She also displayed a number of videos that showed teachers and students participating in the lessons, as well as NASA scientists explaining the application of the concepts with spacecraft.

Thirty (30) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, two participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Brazil and Nicaragua.

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:

  • “My students are often interested in NASA content & I can use this subject matter to help motivate them to learn more about science.”
  • “The students in my class are currently learning about energy and the content provided today will really help.”
  • “This challenge will be highly engaging for students.”
  • “Practical, awesome ideas!”

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

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