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Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation

This Web Seminar took place on November 1, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jordan Snyder, NASA Explorer School Coordinator at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Snyder talked about the activities and lessons related to the Lunar Surface Instrumentation teacher’s guide. He also showed teachers where they could find advanced math problems on the NASA website.

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 first presentation of Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation. Mr. Snyder gave an overview of the information that helps contextualize the math problems for students by explaining some of the issues associated with moon colonization. He gave an example of a detailed math problem that is part of this unit, and participants discussed ways they could present the information to students who are not in higher math classes.

Twenty-eight (28) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a location outside of the United States: 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:

  • ”Showing students that math & science have a real-life application is always valuable.”
  • “Resources that are relevant to classroom use.”
  • “I am always looking for ideas for integrating science and math.”
  • “There was a wealth of resources presented. Also, the connections with curriculum objectives to space exploration can be used to create high interest assignments.”

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

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