National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

This Web Seminar took place on April 18, 2012, from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Specialist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this Seminar, Ms. Phipps provided an in-depth look at a series of lessons that give students the chance to program and experiment with calculator-controlled robots.

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 fourth and final presentation of the Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots program for this academic year. In the seminar, Ms. Phipps talked about NASA’s use of robots to explore Mars and showed teachers how they can integrate the same kind of technology into classroom activities. Ms. Phipps gave participants the chance to explore related websites, including the Just for Kids site, which features student-generated content on Mars. She also provided links to the Calculator Controlled Robots Educators’ Guide and other resources.

Twenty-eight (28) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming. Four people joined the program from locations outside of the United States: Germany, 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:

  • “I plan on using this curriculum to help my students review their algebra when I teach about motion.”
  • “Useful and interesting!”
  • “Greatly informative and very creative!”
  • “I'm always looking for new, exciting ways to engage students in STEM activities!”

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

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