National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space

This Web Seminar took place on July 19, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil shared two lessons that allow high school students to explore the impacts of living in space on the human body.

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 presentation of Skeletal System: Human Physiology in Space for the 2011-2012 school year. During the program, Ms. Keil talked about the physiological effects of living and working in space and described NASA’s efforts to keep astronauts safe and healthy. She shared videos that explained the impacts of microgravity on bones and muscles, then introduced participating educators to two lessons that give students a chance to explore these concepts in the classroom. Ms. Keil provided links to a number of online resources and extension activities that can help educators implement these hands-on lessons.

Thirty-five (35) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. In addition, one participant joined the seminar from a location outside the United States: Ecuador.

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:

  • “It was excellent PD for me, as well as exciting lesson ideas that I will use this school year.”
  • “I really appreciate the knowledge and resources I gained today to help make connections for my students.”
  • “These activities would be great for relating forces & human body.”
  • “Great information and ideas to share with students.”

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

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