Partner Spotlight: Got STEM? NASA lesson plans hit on science, technology, engineering and math


How’s it going everybody? My name is Matthew Wallace and I’m here at
the Hacking STEM booth where they’ve partnered with us at NASA to create eight new lesson
plans featured around the International Space Station. The one we want to talk to you about today
is the heat shield lesson. Come check it out! So in this lesson, students are going to walk
through these different materials and try and determine which one of these is going
to be the best heat shield for their lesson. So they can cycle through these different
ones here. They might have already received a block of
instruction about heat capacity, melting point, these can help them guide their predictions
as they determine which heat shield will work best. Next up we’re going to test their sensors. So we’re going to come over here to our hair
dryer, fire it up. And we’ll run that iteration for about two
minutes for each material. There’s a temperature sensor on the outside
and on the inside and along with these materials they can change throughout the lesson. After they’ve collected their data for the
three different materials, it’s time to run the simulation. So as the spacecraft leave the International
Space Station, it starts to come back into the atmosphere and you can see the intense
heating as it passes through the mesosphere. During this time, the data that they collected
is now being visualized on the screen. They can use this data to determine which
one of the materials worked best. And so now, of course as we come back to Earth,
we want to make sure that our astronauts are safe. We’ve tested our heat shield, of course we’ve
got the parachute as well. Now the students can determine which heat
shield worked best. So that’s all for the heat shield lesson,
we hope you check out all of our lesson plans at the Hacking
STEM website. From all of us at NASA and Microsoft, thanks
for tuning in.

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