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

This Web Seminar took place on December 7, 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 focused the discussion on lessons about 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 second presentation of 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 examples of activities that can be used in the classroom. She also displayed a number of videos showing teachers and students engaged in the lessons, as well NASA scientists explaining the application of the work to spacecraft.

Twenty-six (26) 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, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In addition, four participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Dominican Republic, Germany, Israel, and Puerto Rico.

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:

  • “I feel confident I will be able to add a new project that will support the STEM initiative in my county.”
  • “I plan to incorporate more design activities in my classroom. This was a great example with great support for implementation.”
  • “This was new info for me; however I have used NASA material before and will be sure to use this.”
  • “Good ideas to get the students engaged!”

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

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