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Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures

This web seminar took place on February 26, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Angelo Casaburri, NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist at NASA Johnson Space Center. In this program Mr. Casaburri shared an activity that challenges students to design and construct a strong but lightweight structure that can withstand the launch of a water bottle “rocket.”

This was the second presentation of Engineering Design Challenge: Spacecraft Structures for the 2013-14 school year. In this seminar Mr. Casaburri provided background information about NASA launch vehicles and thrust structures. He reviewed the cyclical steps of the engineering design process and shared other tips to help teachers prepare for the lesson. Web seminar participants discussed ways to spark students’ interest in the design challenge, then viewed sample designs, data collection sheets, and modifications to the activity.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate 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 learned how to adapt a current lesson I am doing to make it more relevant and exciting.”
  • “Loved the instructor and the resources made available to us through NASA make the challenge and activity possible.”

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

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