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Engineering Design Challenge: Thermal Protection System

During this web seminar participants got ideas for incorporating the excitement of rocket design into the classroom. The activity uses student knowledge about heat transfer and the engineering design process to solve a problem. Students then design a thermal protection system and test it over a propane torch. The activity provides many opportunities for incorporating national mathematics, science, and technology learning standards into the curriculum.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NASA Explorer Schools invests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics educators to inspire and engage a whole generation of future scientists, engineers and technicians that NASA needs to continue our journey. NES gives educators of grades 4-12 free access to NASA’s people, missions, research, and facilities. We take the work out of searching through thousands of materials on the NASA website and provide a comprehensive set of teaching materials for dozens of STEM concepts. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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