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Living in the Age of Airplanes–NASA Educator's Resource Guide thumbnail. NASA Educator’s Resource Guide for Living in the Age of Airplanes (Grades K-12)
This guide provides three sets of lessons that focus on the thematic elements for the film: airplanes help us to travel faster, go father, and makes us more connected than ever before. Activities are appropriate for teachers in grades K-12 and cover topics such as the math and physics of motion, the math of map-mapping and air traffic control, and the economics of world trade by air cargo. The guide also provides a list of resources from NASA Aeronautics and links to ongoing research in aviation.
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Aeronautics for Pre-K flyer thumbnail. Aeronautics for Pre-K (Grades Pre-K)
Aeronautics for Pre-K is a collection of six STEM learning modules based upon children’s books. These resources are most appropriate for story times at educational/science centers, libraries, and pre-K through early elementary classrooms. Each module focuses on a single children's story book, followed by a STEM thematic lesson, including topics associated with gliders in nature (form and function), balloons (sinking and floating, weight), parachutes (fluid thickness and drag), kites (surface area and lift), helicopters and airplanes (force and thrust), and world flyers (geography and global trade).
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High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book thumbnail. High Flyers Alphabet Activity Book (Grades K-2)
This activity book offers a variety of activities that connect each letter of the alphabet with an aeronautics vehicle, concept or term used in aviation. Additional activities incorporate simply mathematics
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Museum in a Box flyer thumbnail. Museum in a Box
Great for educators at museums, science centers and schools, Museum in a Box provides exciting hands-on/minds-on lessons with an aeronautics theme to inspire future scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The lessons are tied to all national science and math standards.
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Sector 33 Icon. Sector 33 Mobile App (Grades 6-12)
Sector 33 is an educational game with an air traffic control theme for Apple iOS and Android devices, and is based on Smart Skies Line Up With Math. The Sector 33 application is designed to challenge students in middle school and above to use basic math and problem-solving skills. In the game the player acts as an air traffic controller guiding airplanes through a sector of airspace spanning Nevada and California. The player can adjust the planes' path and speed to safely reach certain spots in the sky in the fastest time possible while keeping the planes a specific distance from each other. The math-focused game also aligns with the NASA Office of Education's mission to engage students in activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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Smart Skies (Grades 5-9)
To fly smart and safe, air traffic managers have to direct air traffic using distance, rate of speed, and time relationship calculations. Smart Skies offers two products aligned with standards and complete with videos and simulations that teach students how math is used to do distance-rate-time investigations. "LineUp with Math" shows students how to apply proportional reasoning to "line up" planes safely with proper spacing at a given intersection of jet routes. "FlyBy Math" offers five air traffic control problems that address the safe separation of two planes.
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Aeronautics for Introductory Physics is a collection of inquiry-based interactive demonstrations, labs, and data/literary analysis activities appropriate for high school and introductory college level science students. The document is a result of a Space Act Agreement between NASA and the American Association of Physics Teachers. Over 26 lesson ideas associated with aeronautics were synthesized and developed from peer-reviewed, teacher-contributed articles in The Physics Teacher magazine, and combined with connections to NASA Aeronautics education resources and current research. These activities were developed to teach fundamental physics concepts and inquiry skills in such as ay that they could be embedded into a standard physics course. The activities support both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Standards for Reading and in Science.
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NASA Aeronautics Contributions Litho (Commercial) thumbnail. NASA Aeronautics Research Onboard (Grades 6-Postgraduate)
This series of lithograph PDFs identifies technology and knowledge made possible by NASA aeronautics researchers during NASA's history. Nearly every commercial aircraft flying today includes NASA-supported innovations, from winglets to composite structures, that make flight more safe and efficient. Lithographs are for commercial jetliner, general aviation jet, military jet fighter, civil rotorcraft and tilt rotor, and are available in multiple languages including Spanish and French.
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NASA Aeronautics Contributions Interactive thumbnail. NASA Aeronautics Research Onboard Interactive (Grades 6-Postgraduate)
Did you know that NASA is with you when you fly? This on-line interactive presentation identifies technologies and knowledge that NASA researchers have contributed to commercial jetliners, general aviation aircraft, military aircraft and rotorcraft during the past few decades.
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Johnny's Airport Adventure (Grades K-4)
This storyboard book introduces K-4 students to airport and aircraft terminology, including the identification of various engine types. The accompanying role-playing story takes children on a pretend trip to the airport and then on an airplane from Cleveland to San Diego, CA.
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Let's Fly Away Airplane Dodecahedron (Grades K-4)
Students learn about NASA aircraft as they build a dodecahedron to hang from the ceiling or place on a shelf. A regular dodecahedron is a geometric form made of 12 pentagons.
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Robin Whirlybird (Grades K-4)
Six-year-old Robin wakes up excited, because today she gets to go to work with her mother, a rotorcraft test pilot for NASA. This interactive, multimedia storybook teaches students about the structure, function, and history of different types of rotorcraft. Text is provided in English, Mandarin, and Spanish.
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NASA Quest (Grades K-12)
These Web-based challenge projects come from real-life tasks faced daily by NASA personnel. Challenges range from two to four months, are suitable for a variety of grade levels, and connect students with NASA people, research, and science via student-directed, inquiry-based explorations.
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Re-living the Wright Way (Grades K-12)
How did the Wright brothers get their ideas? How did they invent the theories and craft to test those ideas? Re-live the Wright brothers' inventive process using the resources at this Web site, including hands-on activities and games, archives of interactive webcasts/broadcasts, and background information on the Wright brothers.
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Aeronautics Educators Guide (Grades 2-4)
The activities in this guide help students learn the basic principles of flight. The guide is divided into three chapters: Air; Flight; We Can Fly, You and I. The end of each chapter has a list of simple interdisciplinary activities for all elementary subjects.
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The Courage to Soar (Grades 3-5)
From the simple kite to the supersonic Hyper-X, students will learn about the history and science of aviation. Ten activities comprised of 23 lessons.
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NASA SCI Files (Grades 3-5)
Follow the exploits of the "tree house detectives" in this archived series of 60-minute programs that solve real-world problems using math, science, technology, NASA, community experts, and members of the NASA SCI Files Kids Club.
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"Do It Again" Video Series (Grades 4-6) (Teachers)
In this half-hour television series offered through NASA's Distance Learning Network, Dr. Do-It uses hands-on experiments and student interaction to excite students about the science of flight, or aeronautics. Various sidekicks and real NASA experts help Dr. Do-It demonstrate and explain the four forces of flight: gravity, drag, lift and thrust. The series also encourages teachers to explore other NASA aviation education products; the end of each episode provides a list of resources and lesson plan ideas. The series debuted in June 2011 and is scheduled to contain four to five more episodes.
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Future Flight Design (Grades 4-7)
This Web-based, interactive learning experience invites students to address challenges facing the air transportation system or aircraft design.
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Exploring Aeronautics (Grades 5-8)
Exploring Aeronautics is designed for classroom use in grades 5-8. This exciting educational CD-ROM offers an introduction to aeronautics, cover the fundamentals of flight, contains a historical timeline, examines different types of aircraft and teaches students to use the tools of aeronautics used by researchers to test aircraft designs.
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Learning to Fly: The Wright Brothers' Adventure (Grades 6-9)
The year is 1900 and you have been appointed by the mysterious "Society" to learn about the flying experiments of Wilbur and Orville Wright! The Learning to Fly: The Wright Brothers' Adventure book leads students through the steps the Wright brothers took to invent the airplane.
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NASA Aeronautics: Solving Decades of Aeronautics Challenges (Grades 5-12)
This two-sided poster highlights key aeronautics research and flight test achievements from 1957 through NASA's 50th anniversary year in 2008. Download the file or just open it and zoom in to explore aviation achievements that NASA was making all the time it was exploring space. The front of the poster contains highlights from 1957 through 1984. The back of the poster contains highlights from 1985 through 2008.
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NASA CONNECT (Grades 6-8)
This archived series includes a 30-minute instructional broadcast, a companion lesson guide, and an interactive Web-based application. Programs in the series establish a connection between the mathematics, science, and technology concepts taught in the classroom and those used every day by NASA researchers.
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+ Superstars of Aeronautics (Grades 6-12) (PDF)
This poster and reference packet, produced in 2003 for the Centennial of Flight, features 12 former or current NASA employees who have made significant contributions to aeronautics over the past 50 years.
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Pushing the Envelope (Grades 8-12)
This educator's guide aids in teaching math, physics, and chemistry concepts from the viewpoint of propulsion and aeronautics. Problems using real world applications are included in each section to provide practice on the concepts.
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Beginner's Guide to Aeronautics (Grades 9-Postgraduate)
Do you ever wonder how airplanes fly? How does a pilot control the movement of the airplane? Why are the engines on an airliner different from the engines on a fighter plane? This site was prepared to provide background information on basic aerodynamics and propulsion for math and science teachers, students, and life-long learners.
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NASA's Destination Tomorrow (Grades 9-Adult)
This archived series of 30-minute educational programs focuses on NASA research, including new technologies, advanced aerodynamics, past achievements, and medical breakthroughs. Each exciting program gives the audience an inside look at NASA, and demonstrates how research and technology relate to our everyday lives.
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Virtual Skies (Grades 9-12)
On this standards-based, interactive Web site, students use NASA air traffic management techniques to make real life decisions in aeronautics, geography, mathematics, and meteorology.
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Flight-testing Newton's Laws (Grades 9-12)
The Flight Testing Newton's Laws NASA Education Series shows how Newton's three laws of motion apply to the real world of flight testing an aircraft.
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This regular series of podcasts, hosted by Chris and Blair, provide funny and offbeat glimpses behind-the-scenes at NASA, including space shuttle launches, moon buggy races, and other events visited by NASA.
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NASA Elementary & Secondary Student Programs
The NASA Office of Education provides a list of programs and learning opportunities available specifically for elementary and secondary students.
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NASA Glenn Research Center Internships
The Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Program (LERCIP) at the NASA Glenn Research Center provides internships for high school students, college students, secondary school teachers, and NASA scholars.
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Digital Learning Network (Grades K-Postgraduate)
DLN offers videoconferencing or Webcasting at no charge, providing interactive educational experiences to students and educators from kindergarten to university levels across the nation and around the world.
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