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  • NASA 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
    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.

  • NASA 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.

  • Connect 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 on-line.

  • Learning Technologies 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 Offices.

  • Virtual Interactive Classroom


  • Beginner's 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.

  • FoilSim Software
    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.

  • Basic Aircraft Design
    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.

  • Aeroquiz - 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.

  • NASA Observatorium Aeronautics
    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.

  • Aero Team On-line
    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.

  • How Things Fly
    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.

  • Off 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.

  • ALLSTAR - 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.

  • Aviation 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.

  • K-8 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.

  • LEGO Data Acquisition and Prototyping System (LDAPS) - Grades K-6
    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.

  • PlaneMath
    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.

  • Student 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.

  • Take 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.

Human Exploration and Development of Space

  • Distance Learning Outpost
    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 research.
    Highlights: Walk through a mock-up of the International Space Station and see astronauts work in the Neutral Bouyancy Facility.

  • Microgravity Science Education
    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 resources.

  • Satellite Communications - Grades 7-12
    Information and Activities for students.
    Highlights: Explanations of what keeps an object in orbit.

  • LIFTOFF 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 Stories.

  • NuerOn - 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.

  • Space Team On-line
    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 landing.
    Highlights: Web chats, teachers corner, images, and video clips.

  • Shuttle Web
    On-line resource for information on past, present, and future shuttle launches. This site is more active during a shuttle mission.
    Highlights: Astronaut biographies, shuttle siting information, and schedule of launches.

  • International Space Station
    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 activities.

  • NASA 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).

  • Space 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.

  • Robotics 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.

  • Aeronautics | Human Exploration and Development of Space | SpaceScience | EarthScience

Earth Science

  • Earth 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 occurrence.
    Highlights: Teachers guides, coloring books, and El Nino tutorial.

  • From 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.

  • KidSat - 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.

  • GESSEP - 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 and achievement.
    Highlights: Predicting Volcanic Eruptions, Air Mass, and Weather Forecasting.

  • Exploring the Environment
    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 and analysis.
    Highlights: Severe Weather: Hurricanes, Tropical Poison, and Water Quality.

  • EOS - 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.

  • Top Down of the Biosphere - Grades 4-12
    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 USA

  • NASA Observatorium Earth Science
    Illustrating NASA's efforts to understand how the Earth is changing and how human beings influence, and are influenced by, these changes.
    Highlights: Impact Craters, El Nino, and Tsunami.

  • Volcano World
    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.

  • TOPEX/Poseidon Educational Resources
    Some resources to help teach about our oceans, climate, and satellite altimetry.
    Highlights: Ocean Eddies, Motion in the Ocean, and Ocean & Climate.

  • Sun-Earth Connection
    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.

  • NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Division Activities
    Contains activities to help explain the atmospheric conditions.
    Highlights: Cookies and air pressure, living in a greenhouse.

  • NASA 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.

  • CERES 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.

Space Science

  • Mars 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

  • Windows 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 about them.

  • Project 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 a cloud).

  • Hubble 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.

  • Star 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.

  • Imagine 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.

  • TIE Telescopes in Education - Grades K-12
    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.

  • Space Educator's Handbook
    Highlights: Science Fiction/Space Technology, NASA Spinoffs, Space Calendar.

  • NASA 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 puzzles.

  • Astronomical Data Center - Grades 5-12
    The Astronomical Data Center specializes in archiving and distributing collections of data that have been published by professional astronomers.
    Highlights: Word find puzzle, astronomy quiz, list of astronomy sites.

  • IMAGE/POETRY - 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, map reading.

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