National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Newton's Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics

This Web Seminar took place on September 13, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center. In this program, Ms. Kashiri shared three hands-on activities that give middle school students a chance to experiment with Newton’s Laws of Motion.

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 Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics for the 2012-13 school year. In this seminar, Ms. Kashiri addressed common misconceptions associated with Newton’s Laws of Motion. She then connected the laws to NASA’s mission to explore Mars with the Curiosity lander. Participants got an in-depth look at three related lessons that help students gain a real world understanding of these concepts:

  • Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging
  • Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray
  • Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop

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:

  • “These activities will engage the students and enhance their learning of these important concepts.”
  • “I did not know about all of the resources that NASA had available for educators. I also learned new ways to teach Newton's Laws!”
  • “I am just starting my unit on motion with my 7th graders and am always looking for new and exciting ways to show them why science is important.”
  • “I learned how to integrate a notoriously difficult physical science concept with a topic based on current events that students will find incredibly engaging!”

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


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