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
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
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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