National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Heat Transfer: MESSENGER--My Angle on Cooling

This Web Seminar took place on April 23, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Langley Research Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri talked about the MESSENGER mission to Mercury and related activities that teachers can do with 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 Heat Transfer: MESSENGER--My Angle on Cooling program for this academic year. Ms. Kashiri showed the participants a number of online resources and guided them through hands-on activities for the classroom. Educators learned how they can use these lessons focused on measuring temperature at different distances and angles to help students understand how the Earth is warmed by the sun and the reason for the seasons. Ms. Kashiri also shared information about the NASA Explorer Schools program.

Forty-five (45) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky. Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. In addition, one participant joined the program from a location outside of the United States: Germany.

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 participated in this web seminar before, but each time I participate I learn something new...a new resource or a new way of doing the lesson. I teach space science and love the NES ideas for my science enrichment class too!”
  • “I like finding ideas of how to teach concepts in interesting and relevant ways.”
  • “Another excellent NASA seminar--with a fun twist on climate.”
  • “I got great ideas to use for lab lessons for my 7th grade classes.”

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

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