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Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER--Cooling With Sunshades

This Web Seminar took place on March 21, 2012 from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jordan Snyder, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In this Seminar, Mr Snyder talked about the MESSENGER probe and the sunshade activity and lesson. The information was directed at the high school lessons, but the information can be adapted for instruction at lower grade levels.

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 final presentation of the Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER-- Cooling with Sunshades program for this academic year. Mr. Snyder introduced a series of hands-on science and math activities that engage students with learning about basic properties of heat and temperature. Through these activities, students gain an understanding of the materials used in space that are designed to withstand extreme temperatures—like those used for the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Mr. Snyder also gave some general information about NASA Explorer Schools and the resources available to teachers on the NES website.

Thirty (30) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington. In addition, one participant joined the presentation from a location outside of the United States: 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 felt the seminar gave me excellent ideas for my own classrooms. I like how the lesson used a real life problem to motivate students. I liked how the students were required to engineer with a budget in mind. I also liked the enrichment activities.”
  • “This Web Seminar was relevant to me because it give me an understanding of what expected of my high school students.”
  • “Hands on activities, with relationship to science that is relevant today, are always exciting for students and teachers.”
  • “It was great! I was able to get an idea of what I can possibly do in my future classroom. I am not teaching at the moment. I am a college student that was able to grab some great ideas during this seminar. Thank you.”

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

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