NASA's Approach to Engineering Design Challenges

This web seminar took place on November 5, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Lester Morales, EPD Specialist at NASA Kennedy Space Center, Merritt Island, Florida.

Lester Morales presented this web seminar to educators from the United States, Russia, and Turkey. Educators received an overview of several engineering design challenges and they learned how to implement those challenges in their classrooms. Teachers learned when NASA engineers solved a problem, they tried different ideas, learned from their mistakes, and then tried again. The series of steps engineers used to arrive at a solution was called the design process. Using two short videos and many interactive polls, teachers collaborated and discussed how the activities could be modified for various grade levels and how to manage hands-on activities in the classroom.

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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:

  • "It was fantastic to learn about the real-life, real-time challenges that are offered to students. "
  • "I learned about many resources that I will be able to use in my classroom in the future that will engage my students in learning about space and spark their interest in NASA."
  • "Excellent information about the work of NASA and how it can support teacher instruction, especially concerning the Challenges that they offer."

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

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Underwritten by the GE Foundation