National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies

This web seminar took place on November 28, 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 Space Flight Center. In this program Mr. Snyder shared strategies for implementing a lesson that challenges students to use mathematical reasoning and distance, rate, and time concepts to solve a real-world air traffic control problem.

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 Distance/Rate/Time Problems: Smart Skies for the 2012–13 school year. In this seminar Mr. Snyder provided background information on the technology developed by NASA that air traffic controllers use to monitor airplane flights. He then shared strategies for guiding students in an activity that allows them to explore the mathematics involved in the role of an air traffic controller. Mr. Snyder introduced participating educators to LineUp With Math, a NASA resource that features an online simulator, problems for students to solve, and additional resources for teachers. Web seminar participants learned how to operate the simulator and watched videos of students using the simulator in class.


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.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Excellent topic and the instructor engaged the on-line learning community frequently. This was an excellent learning tool for teachers as well as children to really understand the concepts of distance/rate and time.”
  • “Awesome, I never knew this was available and its free!!!!!!!!!!!”
  • “I'm looking for something to make algebra relevant to the students. I think this will accomplish the mission.”

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


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