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Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots

This Web Seminar took place on November 7, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The presenter was Jordan Snyder, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. In this program, Mr. Snyder talked about a lesson that integrates robotic technology into middle school algebra classes.

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 Algebraic Equations: Calculator Controlled Robots for the 2012-13 school year. In this seminar, Mr. Snyder shared background information about robots, both in our everyday lives and in NASA’s explorations of Mars. He then provided an in-depth look at the Calculator-Controlled Robots lesson, which allows students to apply math concepts to solve real-world problems. Mr. Snyder gave an overview of all 10 missions included in the lesson. Participants learned about the simple programming required to operate the robots and tested their understanding with an interactive quiz.

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:

  • “Great subject - students will LOVE doing this activity. Great explanation of how to present it to your class.”
  • “I love the ideas presented, and I look forward to trying to implement them with my science enrichment class.”

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

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