Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering a Stable
This Web Seminar took place on June 4, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern
daylight time. The presenter was
NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In
this program Ms. Phipps talked about a hands-on activity that allows students to
design their own rockets while learning physical science concepts and engineering
and math skills.
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 third presentation of Center of Mass and Center of Pressure: Engineering
a Stable Rocket for the 2012-13 school year. In this seminar Ms. Phipps provided
background information about NASA’s efforts to design a new space vehicle and rocket
system that can take astronauts deeper into space than ever before. She then shared
details about a classroom lesson that gives students a chance to step into the shoes
of an engineer by designing, building, and testing their own rockets. Participants
got an in-depth look at the Rockets Educator Guide, including information about
the history of rocketry, ways to integrate Newton’s Laws into classroom activities,
and materials lists. Then participants learned how to guide students in assembling
a rocket and collecting data on the launch.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. 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
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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