NASA Science Education Resources
Educator Resource Center Locations
A listing of Educator Resource Centers by State. ERC offer educational
publications for teachers at no cost. They also have a library
of videotapes, slides, and software that can be copied.
NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators is a worldwide
distribution center for NASA educational videotapes, slides,
and software. This site contains an on-line catalog.
Spacelink is a comprehensive electronic library that contains
current information related to NASA's aeronautics and space
research. Teachers, faculty, and students will find that Spacelink
offers not only information about NASA programs and projects,
but also teacher guides, pictures and computer software that
can enhance classroom instruction.
Qwhiz - Grades K-12
The Qwhiz is a real-time, multi-player Web game with NASA resources.
It is specifically designed to be a K-12 Teaching Validation
Tool. Teachers are encouraged to make Qwhizzes and challenge
their students knowledge about the worlds of math and science.
Take advantage of the Study Materials linked with both the Single
and Multi Player Qwhizzes.
Video Series - Grades 4-8
NASA CONNECT is a series of 30- minute instructional programs
for students in grades 4-8, delivered via television and the
Internet. ,Educator's lesson guide for each show are available
Channel - All Grade Levels
NASA Quest produces live streaming video programs with open
Chat Rooms for live interaction with Scientists and Experts
participating in the programs. Live events are delivered via
streaming media to the Web.
NASA Education Homepage
- All Grade Levels
NASA's Education homepage serves as the cyber-gateway to information
regarding educational programs and services offered by NASA
for educators and students across the United States. This high-level
directory of information provides specific details and points
of contact for all of NASA's educational efforts and Field Center
Guide to Aerodynamics
The site was prepared at NASA Glenn to provide background information
for secondary math and science teachers on the basic aerodynamics
of airplanes. Students of all ages are welcomed.
Highlights: Slides that aid teachers in introducing aerodynamics
in the classroom.
This program is an interactive flow simulator that determines
the airflow around various basic shapes of airfoils, including
a flat plate. Several lessons on basic aerodynamics are included
with this simulator package. The lessons are displayed in a
separate window while the program is operating.
Highlights: Free Software.
The BAD-Web gives some rudimentary insight into the art and
science of aircraft design. While it purposely limits the scope
of BAD-Web to ensure quick results, it should demonstrate the
kind of tradeoffs and decisions that aircraft designers face
on a daily basis.
Highlights: Design your own airplane.
- High School
At the beginning of every week, we'll post an aerospace-related
riddle or trivia question as a shameless way to attract attention
to our group and web page. The winning answer will be chosen
from all correct submissions. Although being first counts, that
may not be sufficient to win if a later answer is worded better
or more clearly. Highlights: Real world math problems.
Explains how NASA aeronautics provides technology today for
tomorrow's safer, more efficient aircraft.
Highlights: Astronomy for the Jet Set, NASA's ER-2 High-Flying
Science, and See How It Flies.
Learn why airplanes fly and how they are designed. Read the
biographies and field journals of the men and women of NASA
to get a feel for the exciting research they are working on
right now. Ask a question about aeronautics and get it answered
by an expert in the field.
Highlights: Web chats, teachers lounge, and e-mail interaction.
Take a cartoon approach to explain what makes an airplane fly,
a spacecraft stay in orbit, a balloon float in the air.
Highlights: 4 Forces, How it Works, and Air is Stuff.
to a Flying Start - Grades K-4
Off to a Flying Start, a NASA Langley Learning Technologies
Project, is a K-4 online telecommunications project that uses
worldwide collaboration and aeronautics to provide learning
opportunities to students in math and science. The project will
be open for participation from October 1st to May 31st. The
length of project participation is determined by the classroom
teacher. Off to a Flying Start consists of three modules: Introduction
to Flight, Flying the Falcon Flyer, and Experimental Design.
Highlights: Allows for collaboration of activities with
schools across the country.
- Grades 6-12
Aeronautics Learning Laboratory for Science, Technology, and
Research using courses of instruction that create a rich new
multimedia learning environment for aeronautics education.
Highlights: Three levels of difficulty that cover history,
principles and careers in aeronautics.
Academy 2000 - Grades 9-12
Provides performance-based curricula designed to enhance high
school students' knowledge of English, mathematics, science,
engineering, and technology skills by encouraging study in the
field of aeronautics.
Highlights: Sample lesson plans and course guide.
Aeronautics Internet Textbook (K8AIT) - Grades K-8
An electronic multimedia text, teachers' supplement, and student
workbook designed for use on the Internet.
Highlights: Aerodynamics in sports technology, lesson
plans, and principles of aeronautics.
Data Acquisition and Prototyping System (LDAPS) - Grades
Provides methods for teaching engineering to grades K-6 using
LEGOs, computers, and aeronautics
Highlights: Tutorials, instructions, and bulletin boards
are also provided to teachers.
Internet-based curriculum on math and aeronautics for children
with physical disabilities.
Highlights: Find the shortest path between two cities,
learn to fly a rescue helicopter, and decide how many people
can board your plane.
Program for Aeronautics Resources and Knowledge (SPARK)
Developed interactive, Web-based curricula that apply science
and mathematics to real research and design problems.
Highlights: It includes HOT Sites for aeronautics design
modeling, curriculum to fit high school math and science courses,
and links to career information and role models.
Off! - Grades K-12
Offers an aviation science curriculum presented via multiple
technologies: live, interactive video broadcasting, written
curriculum materials, and Internet activities. Teachers may
choose to participate in the broadcasts and/or Internet activities.
Highlights: Properties of Air, Weather in Aviation, and
History and Literature.
and Development of Space
The Distant Learning Outpost offers video teleconference opportunities
for students and teachers interested in learning more about
the International Space Station and the applications of space-based
Highlights: Walk through a mock-up of the International
Space Station and see astronauts work in the Neutral Bouyancy
A collection of resources and activities for teachers and students
to explore the concepts of the microgravity (weightless) environment.
Highlights: Ask a scientist, microgravity lessons, and
Communications - Grades 7-12
Information and Activities for students.
Highlights: Explanations of what keeps an object in orbit.
to Space Education
The Space Academy contains explanations of some of the knowledge
they use to make the space program a success. Kid's Space is
a section full of puzzles for kids to complete and learn about
the space program. Also has a section where students can submit
artwork or stories to be put on-line.
Highlights: Word Find Puzzles, Picture Gallery, and Animated
- Nuerolab on-line
The Neurolab mission will conduct brain research to study neurological
and behavioral changes in space. The NeurOn project focuses
on the people of the project, their efforts, their successes,
and their challenges, as revealed through informal biographies,
journals, and Web chats. Hands-on activities will further help
students to experience the mission in their classroom.
Highlights: Web chats, teachers lounge, and e-mail interaction.
Join the men and women who make the space shuttle fly and learn
about their diverse and exciting careers. We'll peek behind
the scenes as these folks train astronauts, prepare the shuttle
between missions and then launch it, manage the mission from
Mission Control and then bring the shuttle home with a safe
Highlights: Web chats, teachers corner, images, and video
On-line resource for information on past, present, and future
shuttle launches. This site is more active during a shuttle
Highlights: Astronaut biographies, shuttle siting information,
and schedule of launches.
The web site for the International Space Station. The ISS will
be a world class orbiting laboratory enabling scientific research
that cannot be performed on Earth. Contains information about
the assembly and educational resources.
Highlights: Lithograph set, teacher's guide, and microgravity
Observatorium Human Space Flight
At this site see how NASA programs for humans in space will
increase our knowledge of nature's processes and enrich our
lives here on Earth.
Highlights: How to Become an Astronaut, International
Space Station, and RLV (X-33).
Place - Grades 1 - 6
Do spacey things, Space science in action, Dr. Marc's amazing
facts, and Friends shareActivites that can be printed on and
used in the classroom.
Education - Grades K-12
Robotics competition, as much fun as traditional sports contests,
provide an opportunity to exchange talent among competing teams
and school, generate interest in science and technology, and
allow youngsters to discover the connection between the classroom
and the real world. In this section you will find links to various
competitive activities by grade level.
Science - Mission to Planet Earth
This site helps students to discover patterns in climate that
will allow them to predict and respond to environmental events
- such as floods and severe winters-well in advance of their
Highlights: Teachers guides, coloring books, and El Nino
a Distance - Grades K-12
An Introduction to Remote Sensing for grades K-12. This site
lesson plans were developed by teachers to provide classroom
activities related to Remote Sensing/GIS/GPS.
Highlights: A scavenger hunt from space, students predict
weather from satellite photos.
- Grades 5-9
KidSat digital still and video cameras aboard the Shuttle are
operated by students from their classrooms, using the Internet
to send instructions to photograph specific regions of Earth.
Highlights: Huge library of images from space.
- Goddard LTP Earth Systems Science Project
The primary purpose of this page is to provide access to Earth
System Science Investigations which are instructional materials
based on NASA's mission and resources in the areas of science,
engineering, and mathematics leading to increased student interest
Highlights: Predicting Volcanic Eruptions, Air Mass,
and Weather Forecasting.
Earth Science modules that make use of remote sensing technology
and the internet. Content includes interaction between humans
and nature, the ocean, the atmosphere, and the land process.
Engages high school students in collaborative scientific inquiry
Highlights: Severe Weather: Hurricanes, Tropical Poison,
and Water Quality.
- Earth Observing System Educator Resources
- Grades 6-12
Contains lessons on how to use remote sensing data in the classroom.
Highlights: Posters, remote sensing tutorials, and catalog
of educational resources.
Down of the Biosphere - Grades
The study of the biosphere as a whole, from the top down, using
remote sensing technology, to help students perceive the biosphere
as containing interlinked environments and organisms.
Highlights: Color Sleuths, How Tall Is That, and Hometown
Observatorium Earth Science
Illustrating NASA's efforts to understand how the Earth is changing
and how human beings influence, and are influenced by, these
Highlights: Impact Craters, El Nino, and Tsunami.
Stories, games, quizzes, and all kinds of fun activities for
kids. Lesson plans for teachers, lessons and activities for
students, and links to sources of other information about volcanoes.
Highlights: Ask a Volcanologist, eruption alert listserv,
and virtual field trips.
Some resources to help teach about our oceans, climate, and
Highlights: Ocean Eddies, Motion in the Ocean, and Ocean
To increase science literacy and steward Sun-Earth Connection
science resources. Resources related to solar physics, the Earth's
magnetosphere, and the impact that the Sun has upon the Earth
via its electromagnetic radiation, solar winds and storms.
Highlights: Views of eclipses from satellites and telescopes.
Langley Atmospheric Sciences Division Activities
Contains activities to help explain the atmospheric conditions.
Highlights: Cookies and air pressure, living in a greenhouse.
Earth System Science and Global Change Learning Modules
Free software to download that covers topics such as Sea Ice
in the Polar Regions, The Arctic Observatory, The Antarctic
Ozone Hole Laboratory, and Stella Software Applications.
Highlights: Free Software.
S'COOL- Student Cloud Observations On-Line
- Grades 9-12
Students will make ground truth measurements for the Clouds
and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) experiment. Ground
truth measurements are land-based observations to compare with
satellite data for the purpose of improving the satellite results.
Highlights: On-line student project.
Quest - Grades -
Serve as Mars specialists and maneuver your way through each
of the four zones gathering information as you go along. At
the end of each zone, you will have questions that they need
to have answered.
Highlights: Once you have gone through all four zones
successfully, you will be able to control a LEGO rover over
a Mars terrain in hopes of finding the lander
on the Universe - Grades K-12
This site includes a rich array of documents, including images,
movies, animations, and data sets, that explore the Earth and
Space sciences and the historical and cultural ties between
science, exploration, and the human experience.
Highlights: Information on the planets and myths that
SPACE- Grades K-12
The goal of the Project SPACE Program is to use advanced educational
technology and methods to provide educators and students with
an enriched opportunity to learn how NASA's solar system exploration
projects are planned, developed, and carried out.
Highlights: Space movies, space images, activities (creating
Space Telescope Amazing Space
- Grades K-12
The lessons you will find in are interactive. All lessons include
spectacular photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope
and many high quality graphics, videos, and animation designed
to enhance student understanding and interest.
Highlights: Hubble Deep Field Academy, Student Astronaut
Challenge, and Star Light, Star Bright.
Child - Ages 6-10 and 10-14
A learning center for young astronomers that contains information
on the solar system, then universe, space stuff and a glossary.
Highlights: Oh Where Oh Where does the Little Planet
Go?, Solar System Shuffle, and Moonlight Madness.
the Universe - Ages 14 and up
This site is dedicated to a discussion about our Universe...
what we know about it, how it is evolving, and the kinds of
objects and phenomena it contains. Just as importantly, we also
discuss how scientists know what they know, what mysteries remain,
and how they might one day find the answers to these questions.
Highlights: A virtual theater dedicated to films related
to the science of our evolving Universe, Ask a NASA Scientist,
lesson plans in the teacher's corner.
Telescopes in Education - Grades
Provides the opportunity to use a remotely controlled telescope
and charge-coupled device (CCD) camera in a real-time, hands-on,
interactive environment to students around the world. TIE enables
students to increase their knowledge of astronomy, astrophysics,
and mathematics; improve their computer literacy; and strengthen
their critical thinking skills.
Highlights: Provides students the opportunity to use
a remotely controlled telescope and camera.
Highlights: Science Fiction/Space Technology, NASA Spinoffs,
Observatorium Space Science
Information on NASA's planetary and deep space exploration programs,
astronomy, and the origins of life.
Highlights: Walk through stories with quizzes and word
Data Center - Grades 5-12
The Astronomical Data Center specializes in archiving and distributing
collections of data that have been published by professional
Highlights: Word find puzzle, astronomy quiz, list of
- Grades K-12
Phenomena such as the Aurora Borealis and magnetic sub-storms
triggered by solar flares and other activity, play an important
role in human activities on the Earth, and in space. The education
and public outreach activities will capitalize on the nearly
real-time data from this spacecraft to create a variety of activities
and resources describing the Earth, the Sun and how they interact
for the benefit or detriment of humans.
Highlights: Lessons on sun spots and solar storms, blackouts,