Each of the NASA Centers and Facilities offers a wide range of projects and resources for schools. Here are just a few examples.
For teachers, the NASA Education Programs site provides everything from a monthly education calendar to lesson plans.
NASA For Kids can be a starting point for younger students into the many different activities of NASA.
Space Educators' Handbook provides 100's of .pdf documents you can download an print out for your class. Everything from Amateur Radio In Space to a 757 Glider Kit.
Look for fiction works mingled with scientific information and images. It is appealing for students of diverse interests and capabilities.
These downloadable, high resolution images of Earth's city lights were created with data from satellites originally designed to view clouds by moonlight. It turned out they could also map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth's surface and even icebergs.
With these images you can "see" the United States interstate highway system (especially in the West), islands in the ocean, the Nile River, and the Trans-Siberian rail route in Russia.
The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. Compare western Europe with China and India.
NASA has indexed hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword.
These lesson plans and teaching materials can be used to support your STEM curriculum.
NASA offers a wide variety of topics to explore and excite older students. An example is microgravity, the appearance of floating in space.
Use articles like this to define research projects – how many different ways can you create microgravity? Or how do things react in microgravity?
NASA can be used to find real-world examples on just about any topic from STEM to navigation to our place in the universe.
StarChild is another resource aimed at young children with activities emphasizing space and astronomy.
The site includes lesson plans which show you some of the ways you can use StarChild in your classroom - whether via the Internet or just with pencil and paper!
NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is responsible for many hundreds of different programs and functions, from the International Space Station to building better airplanes – and has almost as many web sites!
NASA offers an astounding range and depth of material. With so many different sites and programs, NASA web sites are constantly being created, moved (given new URL's), and sometimes retired.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• Cable Channel Internet Resources
• Developing Research Skills
• Directory of Science and Technology Centers Around the World
• Hands-on Physics
• Linking Environment and Physics
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• PBS and NPR Resources
• Remote-Sensing Investigations
• The GLOBE Initiative
• Treks and Primary Sources