Showing posts with label NASA Quests. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NASA Quests. Show all posts

Monday, March 22, 2010

NASA Space Place - Where Science is Fun!

NASA Space Place is a sizable collection of fun projects, games, animations, and lessons about Earth, space, and technology. Before playing the games or attempting one of the projects, students should explore the animations and facts sections to gain some background information.

The projects section of NASA Space Place provides teachers, parents, and students with directions for hands-on projects like building a balloon-powered rover, building relief maps, and building a moon habitat. The games section offers thirty games covering all of the subjects in the animations and facts sections.
















Applications for Education
NASA Space Place provides elementary school science teachers with a nice collection of hands-on projects that they can use in their classrooms. The projects could also provide good activities for parents and students to do together at home. The games section of NASA Space Place is a good resource to link to your classroom website for students to access at home.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Northern Lights Time Lapse Video
NASA Images - Embed Galleries of Images and Videos
NASA Quests and Challenges

Sunday, February 21, 2010

NASA eClips - Educational Videos for K-12 Students

NASA offers numerous educational resources for students and teachers. One of those resources that I recently rediscovered is NASA's eClips videos. eClips videos are arranged by grade level; K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is also a section labeled for the general public. The videos are short clips designed to show students the work NASA is doing and how that work impacts space science as well as its potential impact on everyday life. All of the videos can be viewed online or downloaded for use on your local computer.

Applications for Education
NASA provides viewing guides and project ideas that teachers can use in their classrooms. The videos for K-5 students are designed to show students how NASA's research helps us learn about our world and our solar system. The videos for 6-8 students are centered around the theme of real-world problem solving. The videos for 9-12 students are focused on problem solving. The project suggestion for 9-12 students is to design a cooling system for astronauts in space.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Explore Google Sky
View the Moon in Google Earth
Solar Eclipse Simulation in Google Earth

Monday, November 23, 2009

NASA Images - Embed Galleries of Images & Videos

The Internet Archive has created a comprehensive collection of images, videos, and audio recordings from NASA. The collection is divided into five parts; Aeronautics, Astronauts, Earth, Solar System, and Universe. Select any of the five categories to reveal a menu of sub-collections. The space flight timeline found at the bottom of NASA Images reveals collections of images, videos, and audio recordings aligned to each NASA flight into space beginning in 1958.

Most of the collections found on NASA Images can be embedded as a widget into your blog or website. Below I've embedded items from the Earth gallery.


Thanks to Open Culture for their post about NASA Images.

Applications for Education
Although you will want to double check before using them, most of the content in the NASA Images collections are in the public domain. The timeline of space flight could be a good way for students to explore the history of NASA's missions into space.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Interactive Timeline of Space Exploration

NASA has an excellent interactive timeline tracing the history of astronomy and space exploration from the Greek philosophers through today. Planet Quest is actually three timelines combined into one. The three timelines cover technology, discovery, and culture as it relates to astronomy and space exploration. Each element on the timeline is narrated. Users can select individual elements on the timeline or choose autoplay to hear the narration of each item in sequence.













Applications for Education
Planet Quest provides a good overview of the history of astronomy and space exploration. The culture element could provide an interesting way to engage students who aren't excited about science, but are interested in what people thought at various times in history.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Interactive Tour of the Hubble Telescope
Star Child - Learning for Young Astronomers
NASA Quests and Challenges

Monday, May 11, 2009

Interactive Tour of the Hubble Telescope

Here is another great teaching resource from NASA. Students can now explore NASA's final visit to the Hubble Telescope. In this interactive tour, students can meet the team of astronauts, explore various parts of the telescope, learn about the servicing tasks of the mission, and view images taken by the telescope. After completing the virtual tour of the mission, students can explore additional links about the Hubble Telescope.

Clif Mims has information about how your students can ask astronauts questions through Twitter about the international space station.

Applications for Education
The interactive tour of the Hubble Telescope is a great way for students to individually explore and learn about the telescope. The tour is created in such a way that there components which can be applied to most settings above the third grade level.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
NASA Quests and Challenges
Star Child - Learning for Young Astronomers
Send Your Students to the Moon