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New DIY Podcast Module Available – Space Station

International Space Station

Now available - new NASA Do it Yourself Podcast module about the International Space Station

Are you looking for new ideas to integrate technology into your lessons? Or are you a student looking for a savvy idea for a class project? Then NASA’s Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast “Space Station” module may interest you.

Learn what astronaut Mike Fincke enjoys doing most while in space. Finke served as a flight engineer on the station as well as the commander for Expedition 18. He shares how extraordinary efforts of teamwork have resulted in the largest space structure ever built — the International Space Station, or ISS.

Ground-breaking research is being done on the space station by NASA and its international partners. Camille Alleyne, assistant program scientist for the International Space Station, shares some of the work being done in space and how it benefits us on Earth. And astronaut Garrett Reisman, flight engineer for Expeditions 16 and 17, takes us on a tour of the station.

So, why are you waiting? Choose from 40 video clips, 25 audio clips and a variety of images to learn about the station while having fun creating a podcast.

How DIY Podcast Works:
— Download NASA video and audio clips.
— Write a production script.
— Record your narration.
— Edit your product.
— Share your podcast.

Visit NASA’s DIY Podcast site at to learn more and to access information and resources for the new Space Station module.

New DIY Podcast Module Available – Micro-g

Teachers, are you looking for a new interactive way to reinforce core concepts?  Try student Podcasting!  Through DIY student Podcasting, your class will use audio and visual materials organized in subject modules to create their own multimedia content about the module concepts.  The Podcasts can then be shared online to create a collaborative multimedia portfolio.  The companion Blog offers support to educators interested in using Podcasting the the classroom.  Try it out!

The newest Do-It-Yourself, or DIY, Podcast module, Micro-g, is live and ready for use.

This module includes four NASA experts explaining microgravity and how to live in it. Nancy Hall is a microgravity researcher on Earth. Mike Fincke is the U.S. astronaut who has spent the most total time in orbit (more than a year). And we have footage of flight engineers Nicole Stott and Bob Thirsk from the International Space Station.

Several video clips and images on the photo index page show microgravity demonstrations on Earth and objects and astronauts floating through the space station.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are:
— Fitness
— Lab Safety
— Newton’s Laws
— Robots
— Rocket Science
— Solar Arrays
— Spacesuits
— Sports Demo

Students use the video clips, pictures and audio clips to build podcast episodes and other multimedia projects.  A companion blog offers tips and suggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom.

To learn more and to start building podcasts, visit

NASA Gives Teens Their “Space” With New Web Site

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate has launched Mission:Science, a new Web site created specifically for teenagers. Through Mission:Science, teens can access current NASA spacecraft data for school science projects, conduct real experiments with NASA scientists and locate space-related summer internships.

Mission:Science showcases NASA’s educational science resources and encourages students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. While NASA provides a vast amount of online STEM information for students of all ages, Mission:Science boosts the content available for this age group.

The site also features social networking tools, links to enter science contests or participate in a family science night, information about college research programs, and an array of NASA images, animation, videos and podcasts. Visit Mission:Science at

New Robotics Module in NASA’s Do-It-Yourself Podcast

NASA uses robots in the form of aircraft, arms, space probes and telescopes. These robots do everything from explore the solar system to build new rockets. Your students can create a podcast about robots using NASA audio and video clips, images, and information. NASA Education’s newest DIY Podcast topic module is entitled “Robots.”

This module features NASA robotic systems engineer Fernando Zumbado discussing robots and how NASA uses them. The module’s 22 video clips include Mars rover animation and B-roll footage of several NASA robots. The Robots module also has 11 audio clips. Students download these NASA multimedia materials and edit them with their own recordings and narration to create a podcast.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are:
• Fitness.
• Lab Safety.
• Newton’s Laws.
• Rocket Evolution.
• Solar Arrays.
• Spacesuits.
• Sports Demo.

Students can build multimedia projects, while teachers meet national education standards. A companion blog offers tips and suggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom. To learn more and to start making podcasts, visit


Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing Mission With the New Do-It-Yourself Podcast Topic Module: Rocket Evolution

In time for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, NASA Education offers a new DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Podcast topic module entitled “Rocket Evolution.” Students can easily build a podcast or multimedia product about past, present and future rockets with this NASA collection that puts video, audio, images and information at their fingertips. Rocket Evolution sound bites and video footage showcase Apollo, the space shuttle and the Ares rockets of the future. Students can mix NASA multimedia with their own video and narration to tell the story of space transportation and exploration.

Other DIY Podcast topic modules are
• Fitness
• Lab Safety
• Newton’s Laws
• Solar Arrays
• Spacesuits
• Sports Demo.

DIY Podcast modules not only make it easy for students to build multimedia products, but they make it easy for teachers to meet national education standards and to work with other educators to make podcasting projects a cross-curricular activity.

A companion blog offers tips and suggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom, as well as offering updates when new topic modules become available. Teachers are encouraged to use the Comments feature of the DIY Podcast Blog to share ideas and experiences with other teachers and students.

To learn more and to start making podcasts, visit

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NASA EDGE Videos Soon to be in HD

NASA EDGE is getting edgy with it’s vodcats; it’s going HD!  The current vodcast is about NASA’s LRO/LCROSS mission, which will soon search for water on the moon.  The next video will be about the upcoming shuttle mission, the final Hubble servicing mission, STS-125.

Visit NASA EDGE today to viewold and new videos, find links to mission information, and read the NASA EDGE blog.

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NASA Education Unveils New Do-It-Yourself Podcast Activity

NASA Education is excited to introduce the Do-It-Yourself Podcast activity in the For Educators section of Students can preview and download audio and video clips of astronauts performing work in space and on the ground. They can then use these clips to build their own podcast or similar audio/video project.

Learning modules on the DIY Podcast page will be categorized by topic to assist students with creating projects about a subject of interest. Each subject module includes video and audio clips, images, helpful information and links to related resources. A variety of audio and video clips will be provided to enhance flexibility and creativity. Students can create video or audio projects using free or inexpensive software on Windows or Macintosh computers.

Educators and their students are encouraged to distribute their NASA projects through podcasts, social networks, Web sites, CDs, DVDs or other channels that they may choose.

The Do-It-Yourself Podcast Blog will keep users posted on the latest updates. Tips and suggestions for incorporating the DIY Podcast into the classroom and updates on when new topic modules are available will be posted regularly. Use the Comments feature of the blog to share ideas and experiences with other teachers and students.

To learn more and to start making podcasts, visit

Link to 100 Free Educational Podcasts – Video and Audio Course Content

Back in January of 2008, Online Education Database writer Heather Johnson posted an excellent article listing 100 sources for free online education podcasts.  The article, titled Skip the Tuition: 100 Free Podcasts from the Best Colleges in the World, includes audio and video course content from such schools as Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Yale, and UCLA. 

Whether you just want to brush up on an old subject or expand your knowlege base, these podcasts provide a free and flexible alternative to traditional courses.  All you need is an MP3 player and an internet connection for downloading the content.

Check out Heather’s post at the following URL:

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