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Friday, March 2


Fly into Math...with Smart Skies!
In this computer based workshop, participants will be introduced to NASA Smart Skies- a set of problem based activities set in the context of air traffic control.You will use a web based simulator to solve realistic air traffic control problems by applying proportional reasoning and distance-time-rate relationships. The Smart Skies activities are aligned to national math and science standards for grades 5-9 and to math standards in all 50 states. All online materials are free and classroom ready including the simulator, introductory videos, print based student workshops and teacher guides.


Friday March 2, 2012 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Take Off into Math with NASA Smart Skies
This session will train participants to use the award wining "Smart Skies" program with their students. Using computer based resources, this on line program enables mathematics students to explore and apply decision-making and proportional reasoning skills to resolve distance-rate-time problems in realistic air traffic control situations. To solve problems, students use a web-based interactive Air Traffic Control (ATC) Simulator that represents an air traffic controller's screen. Accompanying teacher and student materials and workbooks provide the underlying mathematics and strategies to enable students to optimize their solutions.


Friday March 2, 2012 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Saturday, March 3


3, 2, 1…. Crash!
Using the NASA award winning Mathematics on line program, participants will learn how NASA improves aircraft performance and safety by conducting extreme tests such as crashing planes, skidding tires, and blasting water. Participants will build small “fizz” rocket vehicles using measurement, ratios, and graphing to make predictions and draw conclusions during their extreme tests. Participants conduct simple classroom rocket car experiment to (1) measure and collect data, (2) develop ratios and graphs to analyze their data, (3) compare their results, and (4) predict possible solutions for their real-world problems.


Saturday March 3, 2012 9:15am - 10:15am