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Engineering Design Challenge: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge

This Web Seminar took place on June 4, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri talked about a hands-on lesson that allows students to learn about concepts of flight by designing and testing their own boomerangs.

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 Engineering Design Challenge: Forces and Motion -- The Great Boomerang Challenge for the 2011-2012 school year. Ms. Kashiri provided an in-depth look at a lesson that links NASA’s research on aerodynamics with a design challenge for high school students. Participating educators watched a video about the history of boomerangs and a clip showing students working on the challenge in the classroom. Ms. Kashiri also showed participants how to use an online simulator that gives students the chance to test the effects of lift, drag, and velocity on a boomerang.

Thirty-eight (38) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. In addition, two participants joined the seminar from outside locations outside the United States: Australia and Chile.

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:

  • “A new and very active way to explain lift, velocity, pressure.”
  • “I am excited to be able to use this information.”
  • “I will be teaching pre-engineering next year. This would be a cool lab.”
  • “I can use this challenge to teach Newton's Second Law of Motion.”

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

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