[astronomyed] [Fwd: New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov]

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  • Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 11:46:59 -0400

The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site offers classroom
activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that
are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type,
grade level and subject. The following items are now available for


Getting Dirty on Mars -- Grades 5-12


The Mars Phoenix lander is digging through the soil of the Red Planet
and collecting samples. In this activity, students will:


--Work in cooperative groups to collect soil samples from the field,
just as NASA s robotic Phoenix Mars Mission collects samples on the Red

--Understand the properties of soils.

--Examine soils for their ability to sustain organisms.


Students will measure the soil moisture content, compare soil colors,
look for biomarkers and measure pH to make their comparisons. They will
then present a  Soil Properties Report. 





Exploring Space Through Algebra -- Grades 7-12


Algebra is an essential component of contemporary mathematics and its
application in many fields. Exploring Space through Algebra will help
students develop a deeper understanding of key algebraic concepts, and
they will learn how to apply those concepts in the context of space
exploration. This project can be a valuable supplemental component to
the Algebra I and II and geometry curriculum as it exposes students to
the limitless options in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics fields.


The focus of Exploring Space Through Algebra publications is to promote
inquiry through real-world applications. Doing so places students in
the role of NASA scientists, engineers and researchers. This placement
promotes cooperative learning by exposing students to more
problem-solving ideas and demonstrates how NASA scientists, engineers
and researchers work in teams to accomplish tasks.





Space Exploration AP -- Grades 11-12


Each year, an increasing number of high schools turn to the Advanced
Placement Program as a model of educational excellence. These advanced
students require challenging materials to keep them focused on their
studies and to help give them insight into the limitless array of
options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.


NASA's Space Exploration AP project provides challenging supplemental
problems, based on space exploration topics, for students in AP
classes. These problems are formatted to practice for the "free
response" section of an AP exam. This project engages students by
providing real-world applications to promote problem-solving ideas and
expose students to careers working in space exploration.





The Courage to Soar Educator Guide -- Grades 3-5


This integrated unit allows students to conduct scientific experiments,
construct aircraft models, and read selections and research topics
about aviation. The 23 lessons in this guide support national math,
science, technology, geography and language arts standards. The lessons
have built-in assessment opportunities. Students will build sled kites,
rotor motors, foam airplanes, straw aircraft and a model X-43 glider.
They will also experiment with air, gravity, lift, thrust and drag.
Some activities include vocabulary lists and reading selections.





Additional Video Learning Clips Added


The educational video clips listed below have been added to the Videos
section of the NASA Educational Materials site. Click on the link below
each list of video clips to access the videos online.


Targeting students in grades K-8, the Wall-E Learns About Proportion
Video lets students calculate the diameter of the moon with the help of
Wall-E. In this video, the mischievous robot learns that the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter is mapping the moon. From Earth, the moon looks
too small to land on. Wall-E learns to use math to determine the size
of the moon. The moon is compared to the size of a baseball, and Earth
is compared to the size of a basketball.





Designed for students in grades K-8, these video clips from the NASA
SCIence Files : The Case of the Barking Dogs DVD invite students to
join the Tree House Detectives as they investigate the "Case of the
Barking Dogs." The Tree House Detectives accept the challenge of
determining why dogs in the surrounding neighborhoods have unexpectedly
started barking early in the morning and late at night. Using
scientific inquiry, the detectives discover what is causing the
neighborhood dogs to bark. In determining the "why," the detectives
learn about sound: what it is, how it is transmitted, and how humans
and animals hear. While solving the case, the Tree House Detectives
learn that determining the source of the barking requires the use of
logic and "sound" reasoning.


Titles in this series:

-- The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 1.

-- The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 2.

-- The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 3.

-- The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 4.

-- Problem Solving Using the Scientific Method.

-- Investigating the Properties of Sound.

-- Following the Scientific Method: Collecting, Organizing, and
Analyzing Data.

-- Our Ears and How They Work.

-- The Effect of Sound Levels on the Human Ear.

-- The Hearing Ability of Dogs.

-- NASA's Anechoic Chamber for Sound Research.

-- Experimenting With Echoes.

-- Variables That Affect the Speed of Sound.

-- Understanding Sonic Booms.

-- How and Why Bats Use High Frequency Sounds to Navigate.

-- Demonstrating the Difference Between High and Low Frequency Sounds.





The video clips in the NASA SCIence Files : The Case of the Technical
Knockout DVD series are designed for students in grades K-8. In today's
world of high-tech devices, the Tree House Detectives discover that
technology has its flaws when everything electronic stops working.
Eager to solve the problem of this electronic blackout, the detectives
follow the wind to the nearest star the sun.


Titles in this series:

-- Navigational Uses for Global Positioning Systems, or GPS.

-- Early Navigation, How Was It Done?

-- How Do Global Positioning Systems, or GPS, Work?

-- Radar, Radio Waves and Light.

-- What Is Electricity?

-- Experimenting With Electromagnets.

-- Earth's Role as an Electromagnet and the Creation of Auroras.

-- NASA's Research on the Sun.

-- All About Solar Flares.

-- What Are Geomagnetic Storms?





Targeting students in grades K-8, these video clips from the NASA
SCIence Files : The Case of the Wright Invention DVD follow along as
the Tree House Detectives learn about inventors and inventions. The
Tree House Detectives learn about the design process by visiting a NASA
researcher at his workplace. They also learn how important it is for
inventors to document their work.


Titles in this series:

-- The Design Process.

-- Helios Aircraft.

-- Importance of Documenting Inventions.





Designed for students in grades K-8, these video clips from the NASA
SCIence Files : The Case of the Phenomenal Weather DVD follow the Tree
House Detectives as they plan a trip to the Caribbean and encounter
problems trying to predict the weather. In this case, the Tree House
Detectives will learn about violent storms such as hurricanes and
tornadoes, weather fronts, global wind patterns, and climates. While
solving the case, they will discover that predicting the weather is not
predictable at all!


Titles in this series:

-- Learning About Clouds and How They Are Formed.

-- Air Pressure and Tropical Storms.

-- Experiencing the Energy of Hurricane Force Winds.

-- Can the Size of Tropical Storms Be Predicted?

-- Hurricane Hunters: The Work of Weather Reconnaissance.

-- Hurricane Andrew Survivors Describe Their Experience.

-- Predicting the Probability of Tornadoes and Hurricanes.

-- How Weather Data Is Collected.

-- Dr. Textbook Explains the History of Hurricane Research.

-- How Scientists Predict Hurricanes Today.



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