Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures
This web seminar took place on May 22, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenter was Jordan Snyder, NASA
Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In this
program Mr. Snyder shared an activity that challenges students to design and construct
a strong but lightweight structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle
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 third presentation of Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures
for the 2012–13 school year. In this seminar Mr. Snyder provided background information
about NASA launch vehicles and thrust structures. He reviewed the cyclical steps
of the engineering design process and shared other tips to help teachers prepare
for the lesson. Web seminar participants discussed ways to spark students’ interest
in the design challenge, then viewed sample designs, data collection sheets, and
modifications to the activity. Participants also learned about connections to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Seminar participants received an NSTA SciGuide. 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.
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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