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Heat, Temperature and Energy: MESSENGER—Cooling with Sunshades
During this web seminar, educators learned how to use NASA’s exciting MESSENGER mission to Mars to motivate students to create their own sunshades and measure the effectiveness of different materials in protecting against sunlight and solar radiant energy. Educators previewed engaging videos they can use with students and learned about a lesson that allows students to determine the cost-efficiency of various shading material samples. Participants also brainstormed to generate a list of different materials that can be used as sunshades and discussed alternative ways of implementing 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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