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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA

This Web Seminar took place on January 25, 2012, from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Specialist at Langley Research Center. In this Seminar, Ms. Kashiri talked about MY NASA DATA, a project that makes atmospheric and earth science data collected by NASA available to educators and students.

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 the Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA program. In the seminar, Ms. Kashiri introduced the MY NASA DATA website, then gave an in-depth overview of one lesson-Solar Cell Energy Availability from around the Country. She led participants through a data simulation and gave them a chance to manipulate the information for themselves. Ms. Kashiri also shared details about NASA Explorer Schools and the teacher resources available on the NES website.

Thirty-four (34) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Two people joined the program from locations outside of the United States: India 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:

  • "Real data is essential for authentic inquiry projects. This will be a great resource for making student learning meaningful."
  • "I really enjoyed exploring the MY NASA DATA website and looking at real data. Stepping us through a lesson was also very helpful."
  • "It is always good to find relevant, up-to-date data that can be used in the classroom. The microsets and accompanying lessons may be very useful when I teach meteorology again, next year. I hope to find some lithosphere data for my current unit."
  • "I needed some clarification for a lab I want to do and this was excellent for that purpose!"

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

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