From: Susan Lee <>
Subject: Re: NASA QUEST
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 1997 11:45:05 -0800

Hope you find these teaching tips helpful! I am going to post them in the
teachers lounge
Susan Lee


The following ideas are suggestions for creative ways to integrate the Aero
Design Team Online interactive project into your teaching and learning.
These ideas can be used in a variety of settings and span multiple
disciplines and grade levels. They are meant to be a springboard to launch
your own imaginative lessons based on your personal teaching style, methods
of facilitation, and unique students. They were developed by Tish Krieg for
the Women of NASA project and have been adapted to Aero Design Team Online.

                    Technology Center, Lab, or Classroom


Have each student or group of students research the background of a
profiled team member before a scheduled chat. Report out, share, and
prepare appropriate questions to ask from the following categories:
scientific or technical questions, personal struggles or gender equity
issues, daily work and job responsibilities. Or have a reader or
spokesperson read aloud each question and decide whether this is an
appropriate question based on the mentor's background, scientific or
technical knowledge, or if it could be answered by another source.

More chatter...

Have each student or groups of students research a particular team member
profiled for an upcoming chat. Students divide themselves into 3 categories
based on the type of information they hope to gather from the chat:
scientific or technical questions, personal struggles, daily work and job
responsibilities. Each group prepares a list of appropriate questions.
Groups share questions and decide if the questions could be answered by
another source or if they are appropriate questions to ask. After
participating in the chat, groups reconvene and summarize the answers they
posed to the profiled team member. Were they satisfied with the answers?
How could they have reworded their questions to get a more direct answer?
Was the chat forum the best means of having their questions answered? Share
these summaries with the program manager by emailing:

Become a Aero Design Team Online member for a day!

Have interested students choose one featured Aero Design Team Online member
to role-play. Research the team members background, education, work
experience, and factual information about their field of work -- become an
expert on this person and his/her field of work. Invite other students to
join in a Web chat with your featured expert. This could be your own class,
students in your school, or ask another school to join you on-line. Reserve
the Aero Design Team Online Chat room through the project manager for an
hour. Host your own Chat with your own expert!

Who am I???

Use the Aero Design Team Online bios for a game of 20 questions. This
should be done after ample time has been given to study the team members
bios - either as a culminating activity, after reading the bios as an
assignment, or after a series of Chats. One student begins with the
statement, Who am I? Students may ask a yes/no question. (e.g., Does your
job entail an engineering background?) For each yes answer, the student may
ask another question. Play continues around the room until the correct team
member is guessed.

Facts for sale!

Assign each student a person to research (multiple team members can be
researched). After reading the bios and any other information sources
students can find, list 3 statements each from the following categories
about the woman they researched: education, personal life, on-the-job
duties, factual information about their field of work. Divide the class in
half. Armed with their facts, students take turns presenting themselves to
the opposite team. Each fact the team receives from the other team costs
them 5 points. Teams take turns giving each member a chance to present
their team member to the opposite team, the opposite team accumulating
points each time they need another fact until they guess the woman. The
team with the least points at the end is the winner.

Lifeskills, Lifeskills, Who Uses Lifeskills???

Have students work in pairs. Each pair selects a bio or a bio is assigned.
Students read through the bios  and list examples of how the team member
applied various Lifeskills. Compile a list of the Lifeskills and how
they are or were used. Present to the class to see which Aero Design Team
Online they have found to have the most examples.

* Take a different twist on Who Uses Lifeskills. Each student pair reads
through all the bios and comes up with its own choice for Who Uses
Lifeskills. Debate with another team.

How do you go to the bathroom in space???

Have your class brainstorm the 20 most-asked questions of our Aero Design
Team Members and discuss why or why not these are appropriate questions to
ask a mentor during a Chat.

How, Why, Where, When, Why not???

Research the technical and/or scientific work performed by an upcoming chat
mentor and how this relates to the things you are studying in class.
Compose a list of questions for her. Post the questions for the class to
research and answer from print material, online resources, and/or expert
sources. Bring whatever questions you have left unanswered to the chat!

Monet on Mars, Picasso on Pluto!

If possible, visit the NASA Ames Gift shop or other NASA center shops to
purchase sample mission patches. Or gather pictures of mission specialists
wearing patches and discuss the significance of mission patches. Brainstorm
NASA missions -- past, current, and future -- by reading through the Aero
Design Team Online profiles and other NASA online resources to generate
ideas. Have small groups of students choose a mission that they would like
to design a patch for. Students can design patches in various degrees of
artistic creativity from pencil drawings to actual sewn patches. Get your
home economics class involved and have them take student creations to a
finished product.

Design you own Aerodynamics Project

Brainstorm with the class various NASA research projects -- past , current,
or future. Divide students into groups. Begin with the Aero Design Team
Online bios to get a sense of the various jobs at NASA that contribute to a
successful research. Use other NASA resources to expand this research
project. Have student groups choose a project. First write out the
objectives of their project. Next, use the profiles to put together a
successful mission team. Use other NASA project profiles as well. Write up
short bios of each team member and their responsibilities. Don't forget the
"behind the scenes" integral team members.

                           Individual Student Use

Lifeskills in Practice

Read through the biography of a team member.
* List 5 Lifeskills he or she has practiced to get to where she is and briefly
* List 5 Lifeskills he or she uses in her career and/or personal life daily and
briefly explain.
* List 3 Lifeskills you both share in common and how you both use them

I need a career change!!!

Each student selects a team member they want to fictitiously portray. They
then decide why they want/need a career change from the following choices:
* want more money
* want less stress
* want to spend more time with their family
* want to fulfill a lifelong dream/desire
* want to work part-time
* talents aren't being used
* position terminated

Students then come up with an alternate career. Briefly describe the new
career and list examples of how this career change has or will affect the
following areas: personal/family life, financial situation, level of stress,
hours spent working, personal satisfaction/fulfillment.

So you want to be an Aerospace Engineer!

Prepare to participate in an upcoming Chat with one of our aerospace
engineers. Read through the biographies of all the profiled women who are
aerospace engineers. Create a flowchart of your education and work and how
you plan to arrive in this career. Compose thoughtful questions to the
mentor that will help guide you along the right paths in your education,
employment, and a successful career.

Aero Design Team of the Future!

Have students read through a selection of bios to generate ideas for their
own future.  Have them put themselves 5, 10, 15, or 20 years into the future
and create their own biographical profiles based on the following questions:
* What is your job title? What is it that you actually do?
* What is an average day like in your field?
* What is the most exciting and/or most enjoyable thing about your job?
* Were you always good in school?
* Did you ever feel pressured to pursue another career?
* What are some of the obstacles you have had to overcome to get where you
are right now?
* What are some things that you do outside of your work?

Add a multimedia dimension to the bios for a graduating class of 8th or
12th graders. Have each student scan their yearbook photo into their bio.
Put all bios on a CD and give them to the students as a graduation gift
that they can look at in the future. Keep a copy for yourself - you never
know which students will end up at NASA!

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner???

Have students give Martha Stewart a run for her money! Host a (fictitious)
NASA theme tea party. Students plan a tea party for 8, inviting their own
chosen guests from the featured Aero Design Team Online. This could include
spouses, children, or individual women. A successful tea party should
include all of the following:
* Guest List - Select a guest list to ensure an interesting mix of people
and why you think this group will enjoy each other's company.
* Menu - Plan your menu in line with your theme: How about Wind Tunnel
Watermelon, Computational Cookies, Simulation Shrimp Salad, Flight Test
* Invitations - Be creative with the design and wording - a poem, or riddle.
* Seating arrangements - A good host/hostess puts much thought into the
seating arrangement. Draw out your table design and seats and briefly
explain your reasons.
* Music - Fly me to the Moon, Around the World in 80 Days, Off we Go!!
* Miscellaneous - table decor, suggested dress, entertainment

Crossword puzzle #1

Explore the Aero Design Team bios.

Crossword puzzle #2

Explore the online resources.

Crossword puzzle #3

Think about your own education, career plans, and future.

Submit your own quizzes and puzzles.

Encourage students to take notes during the Chat. Have students design a
quiz, puzzle, or activity for their classmates based on the questions and
answers during the chat. This could also be done based on archived chats.