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

This web seminar took place on April 17, 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 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 second 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 enjoyed the history of balloons video. I also appreciate watching another teacher use the lesson in the classroom. It gives me a better understanding of how to pull it all together.”
  • “I liked learning other ways you could design the challenge so students can test different variables if you need a bigger challenge for your students.”

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



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