The What's in the News team is
working to bring the excitement of Neurolab into classrooms across the
United States. What's in the News has produced eight segments that are
incorporated into the weekly 15-minute instructional television series.
The segments were shot at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and in other
One segment, hosted by Astronaut Jim Pawelczyk, provides an overview of
the Neurolab mission.
Three segments focus on some of the people "behind the scenes" at
NASA whose professions are critical to the success of Neurolab. Specifically,
What's in the News features a nutritionist, a meteorologist, and an
The remaining four segments demonstrate simple experiments that illustrate
principles or theories that will be investigated on Neurolab.
Program content and scheduling
Program information follows with the dates of release by the producers.
Each PBS station and school district airs the program at different dates
and times. For information on where What's in the News can be viewed in
your area or for information on how to subscribe to What's in the News,
call their toll free number at 1-888-367-WITN.
| December 4, l997
||Neurolab Project Introduction
Sidebar by WITN host Katie O'Toole, "Prince of Parts"
|January 8, l998
||"Taking Turns!" - Vestibular Spinning Experiment
| January 22, l998
||"Going In Circles!" - Circle Draw Experiment
Sidebar by WITN host Katie O'Toole, "Magnetic Attractions
|February 5, l998
||"Catching On!" - Ball Catch Experiment
|February 19, l998
||"Let's Get Pumped!" - Heart Rate Experiment
|March 5, l998
||Aerospace Engineer Career Segment
Chat March 19, l998
|March 19, l998
||Meteorologist Career Segment
Sidebar by WITN host Katie O'Toole, Against the Wind
Chat April 1, 1998
|April 2, l998
||Nutritionist Career Segment
Chat April 15
What's in the News was distributed via satellite, videotape, broadcast, and cable to viewers in 36 states and
in Iceland as part of the national instructional television schedule.
Science Kit Supplements
To supplement these segments, What's in the News offers science kits to
teachers who want to duplicate the experiments in their classrooms. The
kits contain complete instructions on how to do the experiments and a list
of questions to be answered by the experimenters and returned to What's
in the News. The data collected from the young scientists will be forwarded
to selected schools where middle school-aged students will analyze, graph,
and report on the results.
Assuming the mission launches on schedule, What's in the News will then
produce a special feature program reviewing the mission and the student
involvement with it.
To receive your Science Kit, call WITN toll free at 1-888-367-WITN or
What's in the News
University Park, PA 16802
|| For information more about the What's in the News series,
please call toll free, 1-888-367-WITN.
at their own site.
VHS videotapes of the What's in the News, NeurOn broacasts be ordered directly
from the Penn State Media Sales:
Ordering information, including an online form may be found at:
The 7 broadcasts are combined in one video. The information you need in
order to place your request is:
or contact them at:
Penn State Media Sales
118 Wagner Building
University Park, PA 16802
An additional Neurolab Feature was aired May 14, l998 and when will be
added here when available.
The Neurolab segments of What's in the News are produced
in collaboration with NASA's Life Science Division (NASA Headquarters)
through its Space Life Sciences Outreach Program with Penn State's WPSX-TV.
What's in the News is a series of nationally distributed space-sciences
TV programs for 4th-12th graders. All tapes are NTSC, with educational
non-broadcast rights for life of tape.