National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation

This Web Seminar took place on March 7, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Jordan Snyder, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Goddard Space Flight Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Snyder talked about activities and lessons in the Lunar Surface Instrumentation teacher’s guide. He also showed teachers where they can 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 second and final presentation of Vector Addition: Math and Science @ Work — Lunar Surface Instrumentation for the 2011-2012 school year. In the seminar, Mr. Snyder discussed issues associated with moon colonization, sharing information that will help students contextualize the math problems in this lesson. He gave a detailed example of a math problem from this unit, and participants discussed ways they could present the information to students who are not in higher math classes.

Thirty-three (33) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. In addition, five participants joined the presentation from locations outside of the United States: Dominica, Germany, India, and Romania.

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 have started implementing STEM activities into my classroom. I will use topics like this to expand my repertoire.”
  • “Had great videos and included a tour of the NASA Explorer Schools [site] that had lots of resources which can be useful for me as a teacher.”
  • “Valuable for my STEM project.”
  • “The content provided a new look at resources available on NASA's Site.”

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

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