NASA brings space to the classroom via webinar

Monday, December 20 2010

NASA LEARN, or Learning Environments and Research Network, has teamed up with NASA Explorer Schools to bring the organization's educational resources to educators via a series of webinars, reports Space Ref.

Three webinars will be offered in January 2011, and NASA offers tech support to help teachers enable viewing and participation. They are all presented from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. EST to ensure that both East Coast and West Coast educators can take part.

First up, on January 5, will be a webinar titled Exploring Space Through Math. Teachers will learn how to get students to investigate the characteristics of quadratic functions to solve real-world NASA problems involving its microgravity jet.

A week later, NASA will present GENESIS: What Are We Made of? The Sun, Earth and You. Students will learn how the extraction of atoms from a Genesis sample helps scientists gain a better understanding of elements from the solar wind.

On January 26, NASA will then host a Rockets and Your Classroom webinar. The event will Review the Rocketry activity, explore NASA connections and leave teachers with tips and tricks about how to implement this lesson. Possible modifications and extensions will also be discussed.

Always the epitome of cutting edge technology, NASA is currently testing commercial rocket engines. Its Odyssey Spacecraft just celebrated its 3,340th day in Martian orbit, and it is set to host an "up-all-night" chat for astronomy buffs and moon-gazers during the first total lunar eclipse in two years on December 20.