NASA Educational Products
NASA is continually producing a variety of products for the educational community. (Follow this link for additional information.) Contact the Teacher Resource Center at the NASA field center serving your area to find out what is currently available. Also check Spacelink. Ask about the following:
Each guide covers a particular topic and is targeted to specific grade levels. The guides include classroom activities and a section on classroom resources.
Each videotape kit consists of a videotape and a resources guide for a specific topic.
These provide classroom-oriented material concerning NASA activities and missions. Each brief includes a brief discussion of the topic followed by suggested activities and a list of other publications.
Educational Programs (EP) Series
Short publications on specific topics (often missions and usually a current or "hot" topic). These booklets contain lots of color photos and fairly extensive text.
Educational Slide Sets
These sets are designed to explain certain discipline areas by connecting space science concepts with those taught in the classroom.
These usually single-page informational sheets on a specific topic are often folded because they are oversized, with a posterlike image on one side and factual or descriptive information on the other.
These 8 × 10-inch photographs feature descriptive text and suggestions for classroom activities on the back.
These large, full-color wall posters are appropriate for displaying in the classroom. Some include descriptive text and/or information on related subjects.
AESP Aerospace Education Services Program
Traveling education units that bring the aerospace program to the schools. Programs can be classroom-sized to assembly-sized and can be customized to meet a school's curricula needs. In-service workshops are also available to familiarize teachers with the program and to help identify specific areas of interest. Contact the Center Eductional Programs Officer at the NASA field center serving your area.
Elementary and Secondary Branch
Mail Code FEE
Washington, DC 20546
The ALTA Reflectance Spectrometer
This is a rugged, simple, classroom instrument designed to help students learn about light, color, and spectroscopy. Results are good models of spectra from spacecraft and satellites. A lesson package is available for an additional cost. (Grades 8 - College, $160.00.) Source = LPI.
Lunar Sample Education Disk
Representative samples of material brought back from the Moon are available for loan. The package includes printed and audiovisual materials and classroom activities. To qualify for a lunar sample loan, educators must attend a certification workshop. Contact the Teacher Resource Center at the NASA field center serving your area.
Meteorite Sample Education Disk
Representative samples of meteorites found on Earth in a disk that can be borrowed. The disk comes with a teacher's activity guide, Exploring Meteorite Mysteries. To qualify for a meteorite sample loan, educators must attend a certification workshop. Contact the Teacher Resource Center at the NASA field center serving your area.
NASA Teaching From Space Program
Each school year, this program presents a series of educational live shows. These programs are broadcast via satellite at no charge to the partcipating institutions. The 15-30-minute shows target educators and students in grades 5-12 and include educational activities and information integrating research and developments in aeronautics and space transportation technology, Earth science, human exploration and development of space, and space science.
NASA Teaching From Space Program
c/o Oklahoma State University
308 CITD Room A
Stillwater, OK 74075-8089
(405) 744-6784 (405) 744-6785 (fax)
The Soda Bottle Magnetometer
This is a simple device that can be used to monitor changes in the Earth's magnetic field in the classroom and give notice of solar storm events. A primer, Studying the Magnetosphere in the Classroom, is available. Additional Information. (Less than $5.00 for materials). Source = POETRY