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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks—Finding Habitable Planets

In this web seminar, teachers learned about an engaging activity that allows students to analyze NASA data with the hopes of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems. This popular lesson connects algebra, data analysis concepts, and physical science to their application in NASA’s search for planets in our universe that could sustain life. Web seminar participants got an overview of the activity, suggestions for implementation of best practices, ideas for extension activities, and an opportunity to play the role of the student by solving math problems from the lesson.


This web seminar is part of a series of electronic professional development experiences sponsored by the NASA Explorer Schools (NES) project. NES is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms providing authentic learning experiences inspired by NASA's unique missions. NES provides free teaching and learning resources that promote student engagement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and opportunities for teachers and students to participate in NASA's mission of research and discovery through inquiry-based experiences directly related to the work of NASA scientists and engineers. For additional information about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit

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