National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Engineering Design Process: On The Moon Educator Guide
This Web Seminar took place on September 6, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Jordan Snyder, Education Specialist with the Teaching from Space Office at Johnson Space Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Snyder focused the discussion on the On Target and Feel the Heat lessons from the On the Moon Educators Guide.

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 is first presentation of the Engineering Design Process: On the Moon Educator Guide program during this academic year. Mr. Snyder told the participants about the related LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) website and talked about the activities and information on the site that are available to educators. In addition, he described in detail the On Target and Feel the Heat activities, sharing his insight and experience as both a teacher and curriculum developer. Participants were also shown the NASA Explorer Schools website and told how they could sign up to participate in both NES and the discussion forums surrounding the NASA resources.

Forty-seven (47) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In addition, five participants joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Brazil, Germany, India, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico.

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:

  • “Great ideas for hands on activities to use with my Young Astronauts and 5th Science Clubs.”
  • “The engineering process hands-on ideas are very engaging for my students.”
  • “Interested in NASA's programs; keeps me up to date on new instructional materials to share with my colleagues and with new teachers entering the profession.”
  • “Part of our curriculum is space science, so these or variations on these could relate. The solar heating activity could also relate to our weather and climate unit and alternative energy. We also need to infuse more engineering into our curriculum.”

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

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