National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Engineering Design Process: On The Moon Educator Guide
This Web Seminar took place on January 19, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Jordan Snyder, NASA Explorer Schools Coordinator at Goddard Space Flight Center. In this Seminar, Mr. Snyder shared two hands-on lessons that engage students in the process of engineering new designs in order to solve problems.

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 the second presentation of the Engineering Design Process: On The Moon program. In the Seminar, Mr. Snyder reviewed the 8-steps of engineering design, a cyclical process that challenges students to test new ideas, learn from mistakes, and develop creative solutions to complex problems. Mr. Snyder introduced two lessons that incorporate real-world NASA scenarios and provided instructions on how to implement each one. He also gave a web tour of the NASA Explorer Schools website and shared details on how to become a participating NES teacher.

Fifty-five (55) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. In addition, four participants joined the presentation from locations outside of the United States: Dominica, Germany, Puerto Rico, 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:

  • “Terrific activities as we study space and the space program in preparation for our 4th grade field trip to Kennedy Space Center in March.”
  • “It was a great reminder to implement some design projects in my classroom!”
  • “I think that the activities are definitely ones that I can use in my classroom, and keep my students engaged.”
  • “NASA always has information that I can use in the classroom with very little expense or prep.”

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

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