Let’s Fly Away Airplane Dodecahedron – Grades K-4
A regular dodecahedron is made of 12 pentagons. Students learn about NASA aircraft as they build a geometric form to hang from the ceiling or place on a shelf.
Engineering Design Challenges Brochure – Grades 5-12
This brochure describes educator guides with challenges for the classroom. Students can experience challenges similar to those faced by NASA engineers. Teams work with their teachers on challenges that help students achieve national goals in science and mathematics, as well as develop thinking skills.
The brochure also lists NASA design projects that go beyond the classroom. These projects include the HUNCH project (High Schools United With NASA to Create Hardware), NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race, Student Launch Initiative and the Team America Rocketry Challenge.
Navigating by Good Gyrations Activity – Grades 7-12
Gyroscopes are simple devices that seem to defy gravity. They are important to NASA because they help spacecraft such as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope stay on course. Teachers can use a spinning bicycle wheel to demonstrate how a gyroscope works. This demonstration contains four gyro “tricks” with explanations of why the gyro behaves as it does. The demonstration has definitions for inertia, momentum, angular momentum, centripetal force and linear momentum. After demonstrating how gyros work, teachers can give examples of how gyros are used in spacecraft. The activity also includes discussion questions.
NASA: Your Future and Ours Poster – All Grades
Several members of NASA’s family have shared their stories on this poster. Read about Al Condes, Pedro Rodríguez, José Matienzo, Jaqueline Cortez, Alma Stephanie Tapia, Monsi Cerezo Román, Ellen Ochoa, Michael López-Alegria and Franklin Chang Díaz. Then insert your pictures and your own story onto the poster.
Our Solar System Lithograph Set – All Grades
This lithograph set features images of the planets, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, and moons of the solar system. General information, significant dates, interesting facts and brief descriptions of the images are included.
Magnetic Math – Grades 6-12
This collection of mathematics-related problems pertaining to magnetism is the next logical step beyond what students explore in their middle school Earth science textbooks. The lab exercises prepare students to work the mathematics problems with a better understanding of magnetism. The variety of problems includes analyzing graphs, scientific notation, geometry and trigonometry. The problems call for students to apply mathematics and science concepts to understand the magnetic fields and magnetism. Each one-page assignment includes background information. One-page answer keys accompany the assignments.