Engineering Design: Forces and Motion -- Balloon Aerodynamics
This Web Seminar took place on May 7, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
The presenter was
NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Marshall Space Flight Center. In this
Seminar, Ms. Hill shared a hands-on activity that gives students the opportunity
to explore the concepts of neutral buoyancy and density.
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 third and final presentation of the Engineering Design: Forces and
Motion -- Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge program for this academic year. Ms. Hill
linked NASA’s work with research balloons to an engineering design challenge that
allows students to learn about basic aerodynamic forces. She shared several videos
that provided background information and showed students working on the challenge.
After answering questions from participating educators, Ms. Hill described how to
access additional resources and support materials by signing up for the NASA Explorer
Forty-eight (48) 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, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South
Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the
United States: Bermuda, Germany, 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
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “Awesome lesson ideas to incorporate into our STEM school.”
- “It matches our standards perfectly... Practical engineering design ideas!”
- “I will definitely be using this lesson in either my general classes or within
science club! I think the kids will love it in 7th grade.”
- “I love the engineering design challenge web seminars! They are always well-presented
and full of great classroom-ready information.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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