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NASA eClips: Life on Other Worlds

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Uploaded: April 26, 2012

This video discusses life on other worlds.

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Constructing and testing the Ring Wing Glider

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the Ring Wing flying model. They test fly this vehicle and determine how they might be able to add control surfaces to adjust the flight pattern of this model. Download the Designing the 21st Century Aerospace Vehicle bookmark from Utah State University’s "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu/tinasa username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: Other NASA Print Resources Select: NASA Bookmarks and Trading Cards

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Constructing the X-33

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Students create a paper model of the proposed X–33. Measurements of each surface and comparisons to the full-scale versions introduce students to scale model concepts. Download the X-Plane Generation activity guide and video from Utah State University's "Teacherlink". url: http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlnasa/videos/dnmovies/NASAConnect/index.html username: nasamovies password: aesp Select: NASA Video & Multimedia

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Vectoring

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Uploaded: March 25, 2012

Discover how vectoring the thrust from a jet engine affects movement of an airplane. Create a paper airplane powered by a balloon and determine direction of thrust.

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Density Cubes

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 14 To determine the density of different metals. Activity Overview: Using mathematics, students will determine the density of differing metals by first calculating each one’s mass and size, then solving as required.

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Shape Memory Alloys (SMA)

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity begins on page 11. Objective: Through experimentation, students will learn how a Shape Memory Alloy reacts to heat in order to regain its shape. Activity Overview: By stretching the nitinol sample and then immersing it in hot water, students will see how the sample reacts. This can be repeated as many times as necessary with each student or group of students

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Materials Past and Present

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: March 23, 2012

Activity can be found beginning on page 5 in the book. Students will learn through discussion how the materials used in airplane construction have changed over time. By using the photos supplied in the Images section, you will lead a discussion with the students on how the materials used in the manufacture of aircraft have changed over time and why. A worksheet is provided for the students to record and compare their answers.

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Desert Rats Virtual Test Site

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Uploaded: March 22, 2012

At the D-Rats website students can log on to attempt virtual data gathering and mission simulations.

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Mission Patch

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

Educators discuss what a mission patch is and how it is designed. Tell the students they are to design a mission patch that tells a story about their group, their school and their personal goals. Just like the astronauts, the students must write a detailed explanation of their patch.

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The Sealed Room: Living and Working in Space

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: March 22, 2012

This project asks students to design a research habitat that will allow six researchers to live on the Moon or Mars for an extended period of time. Researchers must be able to maintain physical health and a good quality of life. To accomplish this, students must first imagine that their classroom has just become sealed for the next two to three years. Nothing comes into the room and nothing leaves the room. Not even air can enter or leave. It is a challenge!

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Food for Thought - Summer of Innovation

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Uploaded: March 20, 2012

Collection of 6 activities from the Space Food and Nutrition Guide. Includes Planning and Serving Food, Food Selection, Mold Growth, Preparing Food for Space, How much is waste, and Ripening Fruits and Vegetables.

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Views: 620
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Our World: Designing a Shower Clock

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-9)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

Our World: Designing a Shower Clock allows students to think and act like engineers and scientists as they follow the five steps of the Design Process to successfully complete a team challenge. Within this work, students design, measure, build, test and re-design a shower clock. Once the shower clock is built, students discuss ways to conserve and recycle water.

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Survival

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-12)

Uploaded: March 07, 2012

This lesson introduces students to exploration and survival in new worlds. It compares challenges faced by explorers through the ages, checking for prior knowledge about conditions for survival in 1607 Jamestown and on the Moon.

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J -TRACK 3D Satellite Tracking

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Uploaded: February 01, 2012

Satellite tracking tool which will allow the user to track orbital satellites such as International Space Station, Hubble, Chandra, Search & Rescue, GPS, Weather, Amateur Radio, and many other satellites.

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NASA's Math and Science @ Work

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Uploaded: September 13, 2011

NASA's Math and Science @ Work project provides challenging supplemental problems based on space exploration topics. This project engages students by providing real world applications to promote critical thinking and problem-solving while exposing students to careers working in space exploration. These problems are for high school students in advanced classes, grades 10-12, and are formatted in a free-response style. Problems are available for Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History and Human Geography. All materials are free to download from the website.

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Views: 805
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NASA Spin Off Promo w/ Dwayne Johnson

Quicktime Video (Grade Level: 3-9)

Uploaded: July 25, 2011

This is a short video that quickly demonstrates the applications of NASA Technology for improving our lives here on Earth. Dwayne Johnson, athlete and actor, is featured in this video in connection to his vocal acting role in Planet 51 animated movie.

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Mass vs. Weight

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Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students perform a series of classroom experiments on forces, motion, mass, weight and Newton's Laws of Motion and compare their results to those of astronauts performing similar experiments on the International Space Station. Videos of the astronauts performing the experiments on the ISS are made available for students to compare results. Stretching Mass, Air-powered Mass, Accelerating Mass, Design Your Own ISS Experiment, Careers in Space and International Space Station Partners are the most relevant activities to this lesson.

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What's Hidden Inside?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 3-5)

Uploaded: June 22, 2011

Students are challenged to gather information about items they cannot see. Activity topic selected from NASA’s KSNN™ 21st Century Explorer newsbreak “Why do robots travel places before people?”

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Cool Suits

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Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity engages students in testing and analyzing the relationship between reflection/absorption and color of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit. Also for this activity, have the students observe the NASA’s 21st Century Explorer 30-second newsbreak, “How will your imagination help you become an explorer?” Download the newsbreak at http://education.jsc.nasa.gov/explorers/p12.html

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Keeping Your Cool

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 16, 2011

This activity demonstrates the principle behind the operation of the International Space Station Extravehicular Mobility Unit liquid cooling garment.

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Ripening Fruits and Vegetables

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will compare and contrast the rate of ripening fruits and vegetables when exposed to air and the effect of using a chemical inhibitive on that rate of ripening.

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Planning and Serving Food

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-4)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will plan a 5-day flight menu and design a food tray that can be used in space.

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Mold Growth

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

After observing mold growth on different types of bread, the students will measure and record the growth rate.

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How Much is Waste?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-8)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will measure the mass and volume of a food package before and after repackaging for space flight, and determine the usable and waste portions of food selected for space flight.

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Food Selection

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: K-4)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will determine the acceptability of food products for space flight by participating in a sensory taste panel.

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Food Preparation for Space

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-6)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

The students will measure the proper amounts and mix ingredients of rehydrateable foods and drinks.

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Mission: Control!

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to improve balance and spatial awareness by performing throwing and catching techniques on one foot.

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Jump for the Moon

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to increase bone strength and to improve heart and other muscle endurance by performing jump training with a rope, both while stationary and moving.

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Do a Spacewalk!

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to increase muscular strength and improve upper and lower body coordination by performing the "bear crawl" and the "crab walk."

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Crew Strength Training

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to develop upper and lower body strength in their muscles and bones by performing body-weight squats and push-ups.

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Base Station Walk-Back

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

Students will train to improve lung, heart, and other muscle endurance as they walk a progressive measured distance.

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Get a Leg Up

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Uploaded: June 15, 2011

During this activity, students will simulate the effects of spaceflight on the human body related to the shifting of fluids in microgravity.

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Bag of Bones

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 4-9)

Uploaded: June 15, 2011

In this activity, students will be able to identify the effects of decreased bone mass (osteroporosis) and describe why healthy bones are important in space and on Earth.

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Can We Take It With Us?

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 6-9)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Although intended for a Lunar mission, this activity works well for Mars as a destination too. Students work in teams to determine the maximum amount of payload that they can take on a mission. Students are given a container that represents the maximum weight allowed. They are also given a list of mandatory mission ratios, a double balance, 80 pennies, and an empty container to weigh their trial payloads. The team closest to the maximum payload weight without going over is declared the winner.

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Hole-y Bones

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will compare the amount of calcium needed by the body at different developmental stages and demonstrate the effect of calcium loss on bones. This activity is from the NASA Sci Files: The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge. It is found on page 44.

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Oxygen How Much?

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will discover their oxygen requirements during relaxation and during strenuous activity. Then they can determine how much air an average "student astronaut" would need on a 7-hour spacewalk. This activity is from the Suited for Spacewalking on page 83.

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Vestibular-Ocular Reflex

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 9-12)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will perform various investigations to understand the vestibular-ocular reflex and learn about the importance of visual cues in maintaining balance.

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Visualizing How the Vestibular System Works

Lesson Plan in PDF (Grade Level: 5-12)

Uploaded: June 14, 2011

In this activity, students will learn about the effects of different types of motion on the hairs suspended in fluid in the inner ear. Students create a model that permits them to visualize the movement of fluid and bending of hairs in teh inner ear in response to motion it also demonstrates how the vestibular system maintains or restores equilibrium despite movement.

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How Quick Are Your Reflexes?

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Uploaded: June 14, 2011

Students will learn what reaction time is and how it is measured and investigate the effects of fatigue on reaction time.

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