NASA Workshop at Museum

Sorry for the long delay in my post. It has been quite busy the past couple of Months. I do have a couple of posts that I will be uploading in the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully?

So people think sometimes I’m nuts. I end up going to these workshops on the weekends.  Weekends should be made for break right? Well as we all know teachers really don’t take breaks on the weekend. Okay maybe once in awhile we do. But enough of that let’s get on with this entry.
On one recent Saturday morning I headed to the Museum of Natural Science.  I went to a workshop hosted by the museum and NASA. It ended up being one of the best workshops I had gone to in a while. I had worked with the NASA representative at astronomy day last year at the Museum of Natural Science.  Her name was Marile Colon Robles she was a NASA educator Professional Development Specialist. The workshops title was “Rev Up Math with Real World Problems”, it contained a boat load of information on race  cars and physics principles that influenced how racing cars are built. It included the use of measuring air pressure and temperature on regular tires as well as other tires (space shuttle). We learned how to read the data on the side of the tire. Something new.

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia


Using this information we measured and calculated the air pressure and other data.  To reinforce this, we went outside and gathered some information on tires. Pretty cool and neat idea. This led to the next activity which included some math, using tire pressure and temperature. The workshop made a comparison between Race car, school bus and Space Shuttle Tires.

The day was well worth the few hours, I came away understanding more about the mathematics behind the tires used on the shuttle and Racecars. A great comparison for kids.  Information on the Rockets 2 Racecars can be found on the web at NASA stem resources webpage. Of course this would be a perfect project for classroom.

Part of the Drag Race to Mars, was a engineering challenge in which students design and create a capsule that uses drag to slow down and safely land the science payload on the surface of Mars. This very similar to the Lunar Egg drop we do in class. Awesome activity and great use of NASA engineering design process. There are some great tips and resources on how to guide students through this process at the NASA’s BEST website.

I have never been disappointed when attending a workshop at NC Museum of Natural Science. And especially when it is one hosted by NASA.



About rippie77

Science Teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh NC.

Posted on March 30, 2014, in Class Ideas, Labs, NASA, STEM and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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