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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Produced by Langley Research Center's Office
of Education, NASA CONNECT is an awardwinning series of instructional
programs designed to enhance the teaching of math, science, and
technology concepts in grades 58. 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 resourcerich teacher
guide; and uses a classroom experiment and webbased 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
COhosts, Jennifer Pulley and Van Hughes, connect you to mathematics,
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Programming for 20002001
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
firsthand 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 online 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 
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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 online 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

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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 fuelconsuming 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 studentdesigned
Icarus satellite. Students will observe NASA engineers using
algebra to design and test the Icarus satellite. Through
classroom and online 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

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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 online 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! 
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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 online
activities, students will make connections between NASA
research and the mathematics, science and technology they
learn in their classroom. 
Programming for 19992000
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 
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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

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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 XPlane 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. 
