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Friday, April 4 • 10:40am - 11:30am
NASA Smart Skies: DRT Math in Air Traffic Control

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Imagine 40,000 commercial flights per day soaring across United States airspace. Now that’s a pretty hefty real-world distance-rate-time problem! In this session you will learn how to use the context of air traffic control to transform your students’ ability to make sense of and solve distance-rate-time problems using basic middle school math. We will first use an engaging online simulator to model spacing conflicts between two to five airplanes. Then we will use sample material from the paper-and-pencil workbooks to learn how to apply proportional reasoning to solve each problem with strategic route and speed changes. By the end of the session, you will be able to help students mentally detect, analyze, and resolve air traffic conflicts and then communicate a solution that meets both time and spacing requirements. Products featured in this workshop will include the online air traffic control simulator, print-based workbooks, and supporting videos and animations. Participants will also be introduced to Sector 33, a learning enrichment mobile app that challenges students to apply what they have learned in a more game-like setting using their personal smartphone or tablet. All materials demonstrated in this session are free and readily available on the NASA Smart Skies website.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Green

Rebecca Green

Smart Skies Project Lead, NASA
Rebecca Green holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a teaching credential for K-8 education. She has supported the NASA Office of Education at Ames Research Center in northern California for eleven years and currently serves as Lead for the Smart Skies project. Rebecca has conducted over 70 in-person teacher workshops featuring Smart Skies and other NASA education content at conferences nationwide. Most recent presentations... Read More →
avatar for Tricia Jackson

Tricia Jackson

Online Learning Administrator, Park City School District
avatar for Tony Leavitt

Tony Leavitt

Education Specialist, NASA Aerospace Education Services Project, NASA Ames Research Center


Friday April 4, 2014 10:40am - 11:30am
Room 234 Mac Lab 5440 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84107

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