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Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber

This Web Seminar took place on February 29, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about growing plants in space and shared related activities that teachers can do with their students.

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 was the second and final presentation of the Engineering Design Challenge: Lunar Plant Growth Chamber program for this academic year. In the seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about NASA’s research on growing plants in space. She gave an overview of associated lessons that allow students in grades 4-8 to experiment with lunar plant growth chambers in the classroom.

Fifty-two (52) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition, four participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Germany, Israel and Turkey.

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 love the design challenge idea and I plan to implement it this spring into the program. It is excellent in the way it helps build imagination and problem solving skills.”
  • “Great to see more examples of the design process and learn more about NASA's lunar goals.”
  • “These experimental lessons provide many good opportunities for active learning.”
  • “I have completed this activity with my students, and it was great to have a refresher to see how I can improve upon it.”

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

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