National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Newton's Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics

This Web Seminar took place on March 19, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Langley Research Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri highlighted three hands-on activities that help middle school students learn about Newton’s laws.

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 the second and final presentation of Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics for this academic year. In the program, Ms. Kashiri discussed activities from the Lunar Nautics educator’s guide, including Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray, and Lunar Base Supply: Egg Drop. For each of the activities, Ms. Kashiri talked about learning objectives, required materials, and questions for discussion. She also shared video clips that allowed web seminar participants to see teachers and students working on the activities.

Seventy (70) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Three people joined the presentation from countries 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've used many of the resources mentioned but it was great to hear some of the other ideas (i.e. using marshmallow instead of an egg).”
  • “I really enjoyed hearing different ways to teach difficult material and I liked that I was able to read others ideas’ for teaching these lessons from all around the country.”
  • “I will be more confident when I teach Newton's Laws next year. The explanations helped me a great deal and seeing the experiments for the students will increase their knowledge.”
  • “I have used many of these ideas in the classroom. This showed me different ways to present the information. The chat comments also gave me ways to extend the lessons.”

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

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