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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Kids Can Play the Roles of NASA Engineers on the NASA HIAD Game

HIAD is the name for NASA's Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator technology. In the NASA HIAD game (available online and as mobile apps) students learn to control HIADs to land them safely back on Earth. In the game students have to navigate the HIAD while accounting for velocity of the HIAD, wind speeds, timing of inflation, and shape of the HIAD. Make a mistake and the HIAD could burn up on re-entry or crash when it misses the landing zone. The game has four progressively more difficult levels. The first level teaches students the basics concepts and skills needed to complete the game.

Applications for Education
Playing the NASA HIAD game could be a fun way for middle school students to see how velocity, trajectory, and friction affect spacecraft upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Connect and Collaborate With NASA

It's not a secret that I enjoy many of the educational resources that NASA offers to teachers and students. I enjoy visiting the NASA website because it seems like every time I visit it there is a new resource to investigate. This afternoon I discovered Connect and Collaborate With NASA. Connect and Collaborate With NASA is a page linking to all of NASA's iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile apps. The page includes apps that I've previously tried Spacecraft 3D (my review) and Sector 33 (my review) as well as some new-to-me apps like Comet Quest (free iOS app) and Be A Martian (Android).

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some free apps to support your lessons in engineering and science, take a look at Connect and Collaborate With NASA before you jump to searching in the Google Play or App Store. Some of the apps that I recommend starting with are Planet Quest, the Lunar Rover Simulator, and Earth as Art. All three of those apps are available through Connect and Collaborate With NASA.

Friday, December 21, 2012

NASA Shows Us the Earth As Art

Earth As Art is a beautiful collection of NASA satellite imagery of places all over the globe. The collection is available to view in a PDF (link opens PDF) or in the NASA Earth As Art iPad app. Earth As Art includes nearly 150 pages of imagery and explanations of the imagery so that you know what you're looking at. Browsing through Earth As Art is a nice way to see some of the truly unique features of the Earth's physical geography.

H/T to Open Culture.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

View NASA Spacecraft in 3D

Spacecraft 3D is a free iPad app produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Spacecraft 3D uses augmented reality technology to bring NASA spacecraft to life on your iPad. To get started using the app you first need to print out the spacecraft target codes. Then your students can scan those target codes with their iPads. The spacecraft then becomes a 3D model that your students can explore.

Applications for Education
Using Spacecraft 3D could be a great way for students to learn about the robotic spacecrafts that NASA is currently using to explore our solar system. I think that the app could be used by students of any age. That said, younger students may have trouble holding their iPad cameras on target while also manipulating the screen on their iPads. I say this only because I had that problem when I tried the app.

H/T to The Whiteboard Blog. The Whiteboard Blog recently hit its 5 year anniversary. Congratulations Danny!