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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System

During this web seminar, educators learned about the science of heat transfer and heat dissipation related to NASA vehicles. Participants watched videos showing how NASA thermally protects instruments on satellites and how heat was dissipated on Apollo and Space Shuttle missions during atmospheric reentry. Seminar attendees found out how to connect NASA’s work to an engineering design challenge for students. They also discussed possible modifications and extensions to the activity.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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