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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA

This Web Seminar took place on September 12, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Alissa Keil, NASA Explorer School Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil talked about My NASA Data and the activities and lessons related to the Solar Cell Energy Availability from Around the Country. The information was directed at the high school lessons, but the information can be adapted for instruction at lower grade levels.

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 Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: My NASA DATA program. Ms. Keil showed the participants the specific website where the information for the Solar Cell Energy is located and how to access the lessons in pdf format. She also led participants through one of the data simulations and allowed the teachers to manipulate the information for themselves. Ms. Keil gave some general information about NASA Explorer Schools and the resources available to teachers on their website.

Forty-four (44) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Six people joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Brazil, Germany, Nicaragua, Romania 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:

  • “It is a new resource that I was not familiar with. I will have to check out the My NASA Data site and find lessons that will work for me.”
  • “I have a 5th grade child very interested in science; I teach ESL but work with 5th grade inclusion in reading, math & science; and I write test items (recently researched greenhouse gases for an item! so this was great follow-up - much more detail, of course).”
  • “Using actual NASA data in the lesson described will enrich my students' understanding and appreciation.”
  • “The mapping and graphing tools can be useful when we teach seasons and when we get to climate.”

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

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