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Engineering Design Process: On The Moon Educator Guide

This web seminar showcased two activities from the On the Moon Educator Guide: On Target and Feel the Heat. Participating educators got an overview of the activities and learned how to implement them in the classroom. The first lesson, On Target, challenges students to design and test a method of consistently delivering a payload to a designated target. In the second lesson, Feel the Heat, students use the engineering design process to build, test, and improve a solar hot water heater. During the seminar participants collaborated to discuss how the activities can be modified for various grade levels and how to manage hands-on activities in the classroom.


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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