National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Problem Solving: Transportation and Space--Reuse and Recycle

This Web Seminar took place on July 25, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about using materials discarded in space to build a lunar colony, and she shared a number of associated classroom lessons.

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 first presentation of Problem Solving: Transportation and Space--Reuse and Recycle. In this seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about NASA's abandoned space resources and a technology-based classroom activity requiring students to research the abandoned materials and develop a business plan for a lunar colony. Seminar participants learned about several online resources and related lessons for use in the classroom.

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 Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, three participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Columbia, Ecuador, 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 the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Wonderful resources to use this year while teaching! The students are really going to love it!”
  • “This content fits very well with our school's push to support the Common Core ELA standards.”
  • “The activities and websites will enrich my teaching about space, recycling, and other topics.”
  • “My students really like space so I will be able to tie concepts in energy and technology in a new way instead of same old examples.”

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

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