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Analyzing Solar Energy Graphs: MY NASA DATA

This web seminar took place on February 18, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Marti Phipps, NASA Explorer Schools Education Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. In this program Ms. Phipps discussed a lesson in which high school students use data collected by NASA satellites to determine locations where solar panels can be used most effectively.

Ms. Phipps provided background information about CERES-a NASA research program that collects information on Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, oceans, and land surface via satellites. She discussed the "Solar Cell Energy Availability from Around the Country" lesson, which allows students to analyze CERES data to solve a real-world problem. Seminar participants learned how the activity connects to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and had the opportunity to try out the website that students would use for the lesson.

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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 absolutely love learning via webinars. I think this would be a great addition to data from our 8 solar panels at my school.”
  • “I learned how to use and get my students excited about analyzing large amounts of useful data into micro sets.”

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

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