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Linear Equations: NASA Connect--Breaking Barriers

This web seminar took place on February 20, 2013, 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 an activity that gives students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a NASA engineer to design, build, and test an X-1 balloon.

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 Linear Equations: NASA Connect--Breaking Barriers for the 2012-13 school year. In this seminar Mr. Snyder introduced participating educators to the wide range of NASA’s aeronautics research. He then provided a detailed look at a classroom activity that allows students to apply algebra to real-world problems and use the engineering design process to build and refine a model aircraft. Participants watched several videos that featured background information and showed students working on the lesson in class.

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 the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I liked the video where the teacher was interacting with the students and having them talk about what they were seeing. Jordan modeled that with us.”
  • “I enjoyed the connection to the mathematics. The presenter did a good job tying the content areas together.”

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

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