Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System
This web seminar took place on May 16, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenter was Rudo Kashiri, NASA
Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Langley Research Center. In this program
Ms. Kashiri shared strategies for implementing a hands-on activity that challenges
students to design their own thermal protection system and test it in the lab.
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: Thermal Protection
System for the 2012–13 school year. In this seminar Ms. Kashiri talked about NASA’s
missions to Mars and the necessity of protecting spacecraft from extreme heat. She
linked this real-world problem to the concepts of heat transfer, thermal conductivity,
and heat capacity. She then introduced a lesson that gives students a chance to
gain firsthand knowledge of these concepts by designing, testing, and modifying
a miniature thermal protection system. Participants watched videos featuring students
engaged with the design challenge in the classroom.
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:
- “I found new ways to present the information and learned some new facts about
conductivity! This was great!”
- “What I enjoyed most were the 'hands-on' video clips that demonstrate how the
lab tests and designs looked in a classroom environment.”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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