NASA Subject Sampler
The following links come from NASA , NASA-funded sites, and "sister" aeronautics organizations. The links represent a variety of aspects which celebrate a century of powered flight.
You may complete the following Internet activities alone or by working in a group. So, grab that computer mouse and join NASA for investigations that are meant to offer a stimulating opportunity to take a fresh look at the origins and evolution of aviation.
1. How well do you know your aerospace history facts? Check the information at each of the NASA links to answer the questions about significant events of the 20th Century.
2. Find answers to the Questions 1, 3, 4, and 5 from these online educational resource
3. Record your answers on a piece of notebook paper.
1. Discover the challenges which the brothers faced as they
attempted to achieve first flight.
"Chat" with the Wright Brothers
1. Suppose you had a chance to ask questions of Orville
and Wilbur Wright. What would you ask them? What would you like to know?
1. Select from the list of sister organizations to
learn how they are saluting the first 100 years and what visions they
are projecting for the next century of flight.
Aerospace Technology Enterprise
Select one of the listed activities that best targets the grade level of students that you teach:
for Little Folks (K-4)
1. Read through the list of national science standards which this activity addresses.
2. Review the steps and associated web links to this activity.
3. Which national science standards are best met through this activity? Which standards need further attention with the activity? Discuss with a small group.
1. Choose one of the 12 activities.
2. Explore the contents of the activity including the lesson, "meet me", "group", and "teachers".
3. Evaluate how this might be used at your grade level.
Airport Efficiency (9-12)
1. Advanced Air Transportation Technologies will make airports work more efficiently to reduce delays, cancellations, and overcrowding.
2. Access the article, "Airport Efficiency," and associated lessons on this topic.
3. Print a copy of the article and one of the listed lessons.
4. Discuss how you might use the article and lesson in the classroom.
3. Select one of the listed activities that best targets the grade level of students that you teach.
a) Select a newsworthy current event or recreate a great moment in human history when a single accomplishment, discovery, or photograph forever changed how we see ourselves.
b) Develop a news report in one of the following media: print, audio tape, or VHS videotape.
c) Help NASA tell the story. Need help coming up with a story? Visit the NASA News Release Archives for a story starter.
of Modern Aeronautics (5-12)
On this poster are 12 "Superstars" of modern aeronautics, selected for their significant contributions to NASA's aeronautics programs over the past 50 years.
a) Scan the 12 biographies.
b) Note on paper the advice each "Superstar" has given to students.
c) Review the list of advice. What conclusions and commonalties might be drawn?
a Career in Aerospace (5-12)
This poster was developed as a tool to be used to encourage your women to pursue careers in mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
a) Print a copy of the poster and examine the perimeter of the poster and the women featured.
b) Check out the web site "Women of NASA" and read through the profiles of some of these featured women.
c) Prepare a list of appropriate questions that you might ask one of these women if you had the opportunity to participate in a real-time chat.
d) Finally, take a look at what an archive chat looks like. After reviewing the archived chat, discuss the chat and how one might utilize an archived chat in the classroom.
1. Review the listed sites and decide which are right for you.
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