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

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  • To: astronomyed@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 18:39:56 -0500

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  • From: NASA Education <education@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ki0dz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 16:06:22 -0500
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

Lunar Nautics: Designing a Mission to Live and Work on the Moon
Educator Guide -- Grades 6-8


This unit features 40 activities that challenge students to assume the
roles of workers at Lunar Nautics Space Systems, Inc., a fictional
aerospace company specializing in mission management, lunar habitat and
exploration design, and scientific research.


The guide includes information to teach the basics on Newton s Laws of
Motion, rocket design, microgravity, and the moon. Students design,
test and analyze a model lunar lander, a robot, and a soda bottle
rocket. They also build edible models, a solar oven to cook hot dogs,
and a microgravity sled while underwater.


Educators can use this guide in a variety of formats such as week- long
day camps, after-school programs, a classroom unit or as supporting





Extra-Credit Problems in Space Science -- Grades 7-9


These activities comprise a series of 20 practical math applications in
space science. Students looking for additional challenges in math and
physical science are encouraged to use these as potential extra credit
problems. The problems are authentic glimpses of modern engineering
issues that arise in designing satellites to work in space. Each word
problem has background information providing insight into the basic
phenomena of the sun-Earth system, specifically space weather. The
one-page assignments are accompanied by one-page teachers guides with
answer keys.





Additional Video Learning Clips Added


More than 50 educational video clips have been added to the Videos
section of the NASA Educational Materials site.


Educational video clips are short segments about aeronautics, Earth
science, space science, space exploration and other NASA-related
topics. Designed for students in grades K-12, these short videos are
ideal for supplementing teaching ideas in the classroom.


Use the Find Teaching Materials tool at the link below to select Video
Learning Clips and the appropriate grade level.



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