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The Learning Technologies Channel, the AIAA Foundation, the Aeronautics Education Committee, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the NASA Langley Research Center present...

"NASA CONNECT "

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NASA  Connect logoProduced by Langley Research Center's Office of Education, NASA CONNECT is an award-winning series of instructional programs designed to enhance the teaching of math, science, and technology concepts in grades 5-8. NASA CONNECT establishes the "connection" between the mathematics, science, and technology concepts taught in the classroom and NASA research.

Each program in the series supports the national mathematics, science, and technology standards; includes a resource-rich teacher guide; and uses a classroom experiment and web-based activity to complement and enhance the math, science, and technology concepts presented in the program.

NASA CONNECT is FREE to educators and the programs in the series are in the public domain. All you need to do is visit the web site,http://connect.larc.nasa.gov and register. The five programs in the series can be down linked from satellite, air on PBS stations, and our web cast right here on the Learning Technologies Channel. Video copies of the programs can be purchased from CORE, NASA's Central Operation of Resources for Educators, http://core.nasa.gov. So join NASA CONNECT as CO-hosts, Jennifer Pulley and Van Hughes, connect you to mathematics, science, technology, and NASA.


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Programming for 2000-2001

DATE EVENT Video Archives Description
4/20/01 Functions and Statistics: International Space Station: Up to Us
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In Functions and Statistics: International Space Station: Up to Us, students will learn about the International Space Station (ISS), why it is being built, and how it provides first-hand experiences with the space program. NASA engineers will discuss several components of the ISS, their functions, and the different types of research being conducted in the station's unique, microgravity environment. Students will also discover how microgravity affects human beings in space and will observe NASA engineers using functions and statistics in their research on bone loss. By conducting classroom and on-line activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology they learn in their classroom.
03/15/01 In Data Analysis and Measurement: Ahead Above the Clouds Watch the Video In Data Analysis and Measurement: Ahead Above the Clouds, students will learn about hurricanes and how meteorologists, weather officers, and NASA researchers use measurement and data analysis to predict severe weather such as hurricanes. Students will also discover how the Geostationary Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS) will enable people to avoid the loss of life and property by warning them of approaching hazardous weather. Students will observe meteorologists interpreting graphs to predict hurricanes. By conducting classroom and on-line activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science and technology they learn in their classroom.
02/15/01

Patterns, Functions and Algebra: Wired for Space

 

Watch the Video In Patterns, Functions and Algebra: Wired for Space, students will learn how patterns, functions and algebra can help NASA engineers design new ways of propelling spacecraft and how electricity and magnetism are being used to replace the fuel-consuming rocket propulsion commonly used to deliver a push to spacecraft. Students will discover three projects that use electromagnetism in a dynamic way: the Magnetic Levitation Launch System(MagLev), the Propulsive Small Expendable Deployer System (ProSEDS), and the student-designed Icarus satellite. Students will observe NASA engineers using algebra to design and test the Icarus satellite. Through classroom and on-line activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science, and technology used in their classroom.

 

DATE EVENT Video Archives Description
11/16/00

Geometry and Algebra: Glow with the Flow

 

Watch Video In Geometry and Alegebra: Glow with the flow, students will learn about the force of drag and how NASA engineers use models and glowing paints to see how air flows over vehicles in a wind tunnel. Students will also discover how the blended wing body (BWB), a concept super jumbo jet that resembles a flying wing, will affect air travelers of the future. Students will observe NASA engineers using geomentry and algebra when they measure and design models to be tested in wind tunnels. By conducting classroom and on-line activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science and technology they learn in their classroom.
10/19/00 Measurement, Ratios and Graphing: 3...2...1...Crash! Watch the Video In, Measurement, Ratios and graphing: 3...2...1... Crash!, students will learn the history of the National Aeronautics and space Administration (NASA) and discover how NASA Langley Research Center improves aircraft performance and safety by conducting extreme tests like crashing planes, skidding tires and blasting water. Students will observe NASA engineers using measurement, ratios and graphing to make predictions and draw conclusions during their extreme tests. Students will (1) measure and collect data, (2) develop ratios and graphs to analyze their data, (3) compare their results, and (4) predict possible solutions. By conducting classroom and on-line activities, students will make connections between NASA research and the mathematics, science and technology they learn in their classroom.

 

Programming for 1999-2000

DATE EVENT Video Archives Description
Thursday
Oct. 21
The Measurement of All Things: Tools of the Aeronautics Trade
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Story line: Students explore concepts of measurement and tools used in measuring things, while learning "what" and "how" engineers and scientists use measurement during the process of developing, designing, and testing airplanes.
Thursday
Nov. 18
The Measurement of All Things: Atmospheric Detectives Watch the Video
Story line: Students will learn how scientists use satellites, lasers, optical detectors, and wavelengths of light to measure the presence of certain elements and compounds in the Earth's atmosphere.
Thursday
Dec. 9
Geometry of Exploration: Water below the surface of Mars
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Story line: Students will learn how engineers and scientists will use geometry in the solar system to navigate a spacecraft to Mars.
Thursday
Jan. 20
Geometry Of Exploration: Eyes over Mars
Watch the Video In the Geometry of Exploration: Eyes Over Mars, students will examine how the principles of geometry and linear and angular measurements are used to survey and map the Earth and planets such as Mars. Students will meet a surveyor who will explain how he surveys locations like football or soccer fields, will describe the tools and techniques he uses, and will show students how math and geometry are used in surveying. Students will also see how NASA researchers use geometric shapes to navigate spacecraft to Mars and how satellites, like the Mars Global Surveyor, and the principles of geometry are used to determine the elevation of land formations on Mars.
Thursday
Feb. 17
Proportionality: The X-Plane Generation
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Story line: Students will learn why scaling and proportion are important factors in aircraft design.
Thursday
Mar. 16
Proportionality: Modeling the Future
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Story line: Students will continue to learn why scaling and proportion are important in the design of small, affordable transportation systems.
Thursday
Apr. 20
Algebra: Mirror, Mirror on the Universe
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Story line: Students will learn how algebra is used to explore the universe.

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To learn more about these programs, visit the program web site. Specific Math and Science Concepts included in each program as well as the relevant NASA Science shown are outlined here. See the Schedule below and be sure to view one of the past events in the archives at the bottom of the page.
 
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