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Algebraic Equations: Transit Tracks—Finding Habitable Planets

In this web seminar, teachers learned about an engaging activity that allows students to analyze NASA data with the hopes of discovering planets in habitable zones of solar systems. This popular lesson connects algebra, data analysis concepts, and physical science to their application in NASA’s search for planets in our universe that could sustain life. Web seminar participants got an overview of the activity, suggestions for implementation of best practices, ideas for extension activities, and an opportunity to play the role of the student by solving math problems from the lesson.


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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