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MESSENGER: Staying Cool – My Angle on Cooling–Effects of Distance and Inclination

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Time: December 20, 2010 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Location: The NSTA Learning Center
Website or Map: http://learningcenter.nsta.or…
Event Type: webinar
Organized By: Kim Lightle
Latest Activity: Nov 29

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Date: Monday, 12/20/2010
Time: 6:30-8pm EST
Register at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES/webseminar12.aspx
MESSENGER Education is based on the MESSENGER mission to Mercury. This Staying Cool Web seminar for teachers features the lesson, My Angle on Cooling – Effects of Distance and Inclination, from the MESSENGER education module. The featured activity for grades 5 – 8 students allows them to discover that one way to cool an object in the presence of a heat source is to increase the distance from it or change the angle at which it is faced. Students perform an experiment measuring how the heat experienced by a test subject changes as the distance or the viewing angle changes. Students learn to distinguish which effect is more important for determining the seasons on Earth.

Participate in this Web seminar and learn how the MESSENGER mission to Mercury takes advantage of these passive cooling methods to keep the spacecraft comfortable in a high-temperature environment. You’ll also see how to use the Staying Cool activities, culminating in a design challenge, to lead your students through an examination of different solutions to the problem how to deal with too much sunlight and energy.

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