National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Engineering Design: Forces and Motion—Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge

This web seminar took place on December 19, 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 talked about a hands-on lesson that teaches students about density, neutral buoyancy, and drag.

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 Engineering Design: Forces and Motion—Balloon Aerodynamics Challenge for the 2012–13 school year. In this seminar Mr. Snyder discussed NASA’s use of balloons to test spacecraft and other equipment. He then connected that research to an engineering design challenge that gives students a chance to experiment with a helium-filled balloon to learn about physical science concepts. Participating educators watched video clips showing the lesson in action and discussed ideas for modifications and extensions.


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 LOVE the NES web seminars - they provide visual and verbal help in implementing the ideas presented.”
  • “The presentation was great, as were the participating teachers. What great ideas!”

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



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