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Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math—Lunar Rover

In this professional development web seminar participants learned about an activity that allows students to use the distance formula and the Pythagorean theorem to determine the minimal path and minimal time for a lunar rover to perform tasks on the surface of the moon. Participating educators got an overview of the lesson and a look at where it fits in the math curriculum, including an alignment to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. The presentation reviewed resources that can be used to give background knowledge as well as stimulate student interest in the activity.


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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