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New STEM on Station Page for Educators and Students

STEM on Station Website

Have you ever wondered what kind of STEM activities occur on the International Space Station? Follow astronauts in this series of videos as they demonstrate STEM concepts that students investigate in grades 5-12.

NASA Education is launching a new Web resource for students and educators titled STEM on Station. The new pages present videos that were filmed on the space station about science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Students can follow astronauts as they demonstrate principles such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology. NASA lesson plans and other resources supplement the STEM videos.

STEM on Station is part of the Teach Station site that is the platform for space-station-focused education resources, science and research information for students and teachers, crew updates and current education news. Visit often and watch for opportunities to connect with the expedition crew members and for other NASA education opportunities.

Visit STEM on Station at http://www.nasa.gov/education/STEMstation.

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Science Videos From Astronaut Don Pettit

Astronaut Don Pettit aboard the International Space Station

Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit. Image from NASA

NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have begun a partnership to share videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit, currently on the orbiting outpost as a member of the Expedition 30 crew, will use everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through “Science off the Sphere” presentations.

Space fans know Pettit from his previous science demonstrations performed in space, such as the “Zero G Coffee Cup” from the space shuttle’s STS-126 mission in 2008. This time he has added a physics challenge for viewers. Some episodes of “Science off the Sphere” will end with a question. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit will announce the winner from aboard the station.

APS, the professional society for physicists, plans to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by sharing the “Science off the Sphere” videos on its outreach website, Physics Central. The website also will feature the physics challenges and educational content on topics Pettit demonstrates.

Pettit spent more than five and half months on board the station during Expedition 6 in 2002 and 2003. He returned to space during STS-126. Most recently, Pettit launched to the orbiting laboratory Dec. 23 with Russian Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers. The crew joined Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank of NASA and Russian Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, who have been on the station since Nov. 16.

Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers will remain on the station until May as members of the Expedition 31 crew. The crew members will support dozens of experiments during their time aboard the station.


Free Videos From NASA’s Global Climate Change Website

“Earth: The Water Planet,” “Frozen Earth,” and, “Majestic Planet,” along with many other global climate change videos, are all available on the NASA Global Climate Change site: http://climate.nasa.gov/ClimateReel/. Each video explores a different aspect of climate change, and encourages the viewer to explore the topic further.


NASA Coming Attractions!

Here are a series of video trailers produced by NASA TV for the 2010 International Astronautical Congress in Prague. All videos are available through the NASA YouTube channel.

Conquering the Gas Giant

Road to the Red Planet

Romancing the Green


Glory and the Curse of the Black Carbon

Back to the Beginning


New NASA Education Videos of the Constellation Program

Astronaut Pam Melroy is calling on students to learn about NASA’s Constellation Program, which will send humans to the moon, Mars and beyond. She is inviting students to become America’s next great explorers.

Students and teachers can learn more about these missions in a new interactive feature called “Constellation: Earth Moon Mars.” In this Web-based feature, astronaut Pam Melroy gives a guided tour of NASA’s newest missions, starting from the International Space Station in low Earth orbit, to the moon and to the Red Planet.

Videos available to view online include:

Pam Melroy Education Message

In this video, astronaut Pam Melroy encourages students to stay in school, study math and science, and join the journey of Constellation. Learn more about Constellation and how NASA is preparing to launch new spacecraft to the space station, return to the moon and extend human presence to Mars.

Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars

This narrated production explains the link between Constellation’s missions to low Earth orbit, the moon and ultimately Mars. NASA astronaut Pam Melroy guides the viewer as they journey first to the International Space Station, where the Orion spacecraft gets a test drive in space. They then travel on to the moon, where the Altair lunar lander brings crews and infrastructure to the lunar surface. And finally, the travelers reach Mars, where the experience in orbit with the station, Earth analogs and lunar surface operations all tie together to help explore the Red Planet. Guests include John Curry, Julie Kramer White, Clarence Sams, Kathy Laurini and Bret Drake.

Constellation Mini Feature #1: Constellation in Low Earth Orbit

This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” This episode focuses on the Orion spacecraft in low Earth orbit, and its missions to the International Space Station. This video features guests Julie Kramer White and John Curry.

Constellation Mini Feature #2: Lessons Learned for Exploration

This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Clarence Sams explains what we learn about the human body and exploration by conducting missions in low Earth orbit on board the International Space Station.

Constellation Mini Feature #3: Constellation on the Moon

This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Guest Kathy Laurini discusses Constellation’s plans for the moon, including conducting missions to the lunar surface and building lunar habitats for longer stays, all in preparation for conducting missions to Mars.

Constellation Mini Feature #4: Constellation on Mars

This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Guest Bret Drake discusses how Constellation hardware tests on Earth and how Constellation missions to the International Space Station and the moon all tie together to help explore Mars.

Constellation Mini Feature #5: Constellation and Future Explorers

This video clip is derived from the longer show “Constellation: Earth, Moon, Mars.” Guests Bret Drake and Clarence Sams explain that the Constellation missions look decades into the future, and, as such, will require the students of today to be the explorers of tomorrow. Guest Wendell Mendell explains that the process of conducting the Constellation missions to low Earth orbit, the moon and Mars will not only inspire youth, but will have both scientific and economic implications.

To view these videos and join the adventure, visit http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/CxEMM_SITE/index.html

Learn more about NASA’s Constellation Program at www.nasa.gov/constellation


Challenges of Spacewalking – Video Clips

Hear firsthand how astronauts have encountered their own challenges during EVAs (spacewalks). This six-part video series allows you, the viewer, to choose the correct “fix” for real problems astronauts faced while spacewalking. See if you have the right stuff to think quickly when things do not go as planned.

View the spacewalk videos at the following website:

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New NASA Video Learning Clips Available Online

The educational video clips listed below have been added to the Videos section of the NASA Educational Materials site. Click on the link below each list of video clips to access the videos online.


Targeting students in grades K-8, the Wall-E Learns About Proportion Video lets students calculate the diameter of the moon with the help of Wall-E. In this video, the mischievous robot learns that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is mapping the moon. From Earth, the moon looks too small to land on. Wall-E learns to use math to determine the size of the moon. The moon is compared to the size of a baseball, and Earth is compared to the size of a basketball.



Designed for students in grades K-8, these video clips from the NASA SCIence Files™: The Case of the Barking Dogs DVD invite students to join the Tree House Detectives as they investigate the “Case of the Barking Dogs.” The Tree House Detectives accept the challenge of determining why dogs in the surrounding neighborhoods have unexpectedly started barking early in the morning and late at night. Using scientific inquiry, the detectives discover what is causing the neighborhood dogs to bark. In determining the “why,” the detectives learn about sound: what it is, how it is transmitted, and how humans and animals hear. While solving the case, the Tree House Detectives learn that determining the source of the barking requires the use of logic and “sound” reasoning.

Titles in this series:
— The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 1.
— The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 2.
— The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 3.
— The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 4.
— Problem Solving Using the Scientific Method.
— Investigating the Properties of Sound.
— Following the Scientific Method: Collecting, Organizing, and Analyzing Data.
— Our Ears and How They Work.
— The Effect of Sound Levels on the Human Ear.
— The Hearing Ability of Dogs.
— NASA’s Anechoic Chamber for Sound Research.
— Experimenting With Echoes.
— Variables That Affect the Speed of Sound.
— Understanding Sonic Booms.
— How and Why Bats Use High Frequency Sounds to Navigate.
— Demonstrating the Difference Between High and Low Frequency Sounds.



The video clips in the NASA SCIence Files™: The Case of the Technical Knockout DVD series are designed for students in grades K-8. In today’s world of high-tech devices, the Tree House Detectives discover that technology has its flaws when everything electronic stops working. Eager to solve the problem of this electronic blackout, the detectives follow the wind to the nearest star…the sun.

Titles in this series:
— Navigational Uses for Global Positioning Systems, or GPS.
— Early Navigation, How Was It Done?
— How Do Global Positioning Systems, or GPS, Work?
— Radar, Radio Waves and Light.
— What Is Electricity?
— Experimenting With Electromagnets.
— Earth’s Role as an Electromagnet and the Creation of Auroras.
— NASA’s Research on the Sun.
— All About Solar Flares.
— What Are Geomagnetic Storms?



Targeting students in grades K-8, these video clips from the NASA SCIence Files™: The Case of the Wright Invention DVD follow along as the Tree House Detectives learn about inventors and inventions. The Tree House Detectives learn about the design process by visiting a NASA researcher at his workplace. They also learn how important it is for inventors to document their work.

Titles in this series:
— The Design Process.
— Helios Aircraft.
— Importance of Documenting Inventions.



Designed for students in grades K-8, these video clips from the NASA SCIence Files™: The Case of the Phenomenal Weather DVD follow the Tree House Detectives as they plan a trip to the Caribbean and encounter problems trying to predict the weather. In this case, the Tree House Detectives will learn about violent storms such as hurricanes and tornadoes, weather fronts, global wind patterns, and climates. While solving the case, they will discover that predicting the weather is not predictable at all!

Titles in this series:
— Learning About Clouds and How They Are Formed.
— Air Pressure and Tropical Storms.
— Experiencing the Energy of Hurricane Force Winds.
— Can the Size of Tropical Storms Be Predicted?
— Hurricane Hunters: The Work of Weather Reconnaissance.
— Hurricane Andrew Survivors Describe Their Experience.
— Predicting the Probability of Tornadoes and Hurricanes.
— How Weather Data Is Collected.
— Dr. Textbook Explains the History of Hurricane Research.
— How Scientists Predict Hurricanes Today.



New Education Materials Available at NASA.gov

The Educational Materials section of NASA’s Web site offers classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The following items are now available for downloading.

Calculator-Controlled Robots: Hands-on Mathematics and Science Discovery Educator Guide — Grades 6-9

This guide provides activities for using calculator-controlled robots over the course of one semester. Students create programs in TI-BASIC to run Norland Research calculator robots. Missions are built sequentially on the knowledge of previous activities. The first missions have step-by-step programming instructions that gradually lead students to create their own programs in later missions. Students use and apply math and science concepts to direct their robots through a variety of challenges.


Additional Video Learning Clips Added

The educational video clips listed below have been added to the Videos section of the NASA Educational Materials site. Click on the link below each list of video clips to access the videos online.

Designed for students in grades 5-8, these video clips from the NASA CONNECT™: Functions and Statistics: Dressed for Space DVD show viewers how NASA engineers and researchers build on past spacesuit technologies and use functions and statistics to create the next generation of spacesuits for the International Space Station and beyond.

Titles in this series:
— What Is Atmospheric Pressure?
— The Construction and Design Elements of Spacesuit Technology.
— The Importance of Spacesuit Fitting and Sizing: One Size Does Not Fit All.
— Hands-on Activity in Spacesuit Design.


Targeting students in grades 5-8, these video clips from the NASA CONNECT™: Geometry and Algebra: The Future Flight Equation DVD show students how NASA engineers develop experimental aircraft. Viewers learn about the Hyper-X Research Vehicle, an experimental plane that uses scramjet engine technology to propel itself to 10 times the speed of sound. Students will understand how the Hyper-X is part of the Future Flight Equation and observe NASA engineers using geometry and algebra when they measure and design models to be tested in wind tunnels.

Titles in this series:
— NASA’s Experimental Plane: What It Is and What It Does.
— The Process Involved in Aircraft Design.
— Hands-on Aircraft Design Activity.
— Preparing for Flight: Testing the Hyper-X.
— NASA’s Plane Math Online Activity.


The video clips in the Liftoff to Learning: Microgravity DVD series are designed for students in grades 5-12. These clips focus on four scientific disciplines in microgravity studies: fluid physics, materials science, biotechnology and combustion. Experiments within these disciplines explore how the effects of buoyancy-driven convection and sedimentation, seen in ground-based laboratories, are diminished in space, allowing scientists to expand their knowledge in these areas. “Microgravity” describes the restrictions that gravity imposes on scientific experimentation and how they can be greatly reduced in the exciting research environment of the space shuttle and later on in the International Space Station.

Titles in this series:
— The Constant Pull of Gravity: How Does It Work?
— What Is Microgravity?
— Simulating the Low-Gravity Conditions of Space in the Lab.
— The Role of Microgravity in Scientific Research.
— Fluid Physics Experiments in Space.
— Biotechnology Experiments in Space.
— Materials Science Experiments in Space.
— Combustion Experiments in Space.


Designed for students in grades 5-12, these video clips from the Liftoff to Learning: Mathematics of Space — Rendezvous DVD address the basic mathematical operations of spacecraft rendezvous in Earth orbit. Middle school mathematics students solve problems that occur when the space shuttle docks with the Russian space station MIR.

Titles in this series:
— Importance of Mathematics in Space Exploration: Calculating a Rendezvous.
— Calculating Time in Space: Mir’s Rendezvous Over Moscow.
— Setting Up the Mir Rendezvous Positioning Problem.
— Solution to the Mir Rendezvous Positioning Problem.
— How an Increase in Velocity Can Change the Altitude of an Object in Space.
— Determining the Velocity Increase Needed for a Successful Rendezvous in Space.


Targeting students in grades 5-12, these video clips from the Underground Railroad: Connections to Freedom and Science DVD raise student awareness of the Underground Railroad and the role celestial navigation played in the Railroad’s success. The series also highlights the importance of modern Global Information System technology in reconstructing historical topographies and finding the exact route of the Railroad. By combining amazing historical facts-such as the use of mathematics for communication with handmade quilts, remote-sensing technology, Earth system science and astronomy, the series presents an educational experience that is dynamic, moving and broadly cross-curricular.

Titles in this series:
— Follow the Drinking Gourd: Using the Science of Astronomy in History.
— The Importance of Waterways in the Success of the Underground Railroad.
— Slaves and the Use of Horticulture Along the Underground Railroad.
— The Science Behind the Maps of the Underground Railroad.
— Navigating to Freedom With the North Star.
— Exploring and Preserving the Underground Railroad With Modern Technology.
— Archeological Research and the Underground Railroad Today.


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