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Pythagorean Theorem: Exploring Space Through Math—Lunar Rover

This web seminar for educators of students in grades 8-12 featured the student activity "Pythagorean Theorem: Lunar Rover." With this engaging activity, students 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. Web seminar participants received an overview of the activity and discussed ways to modify the lesson to include the engineering design process.


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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