NASA Digital Learning Network

Welcome to the NASA DLN

distance learning services bannerNASA's Digital Learning Network provides free, interactive video- and web-conferencing events for educators interested in enhancing their STEM classes by connecting directly with NASA education specialists and subject matter experts. Register for and schedule lessons in our catalog of events.    We also feature live webcasts on the DLiNfo Channel from our 10 DLN studios.  Check us out on Facebook and Twitter.

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Announcements and Opportunities:

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DLN Event
Scheduling Procedures 

 Attention DLN Users: Please submit your request for DLN modules 2 weeks before your desired event date.  Procedures for requesting January-May Events are located on temporary calendars (Click Here). You will see links to all 7 active DLN Sites. DLN Specialists will update their calendars daily to display available and unavailable time slots.  Please follow the instructions carefully so that we
can process your requests in a timely fashion.  


Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration
Wednesday, April 22 at 1PM EST/12 PM CT
Join NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and guests from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday, April 22nd at 1:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM Central for an Earth Day celebration!  This unique STEM-focused special event will explore climate change, how each agency studies the issue, and how students and teachers can make a difference.  If you would like your class or school to participate, please contact Erin McKinley at erin.e.mckinley@nasa.gov by March 20th.  Selected participants will be contacted after that date.
For more information on how NASA studies climate change, please visit: http://climate.nasa.gov
For more information about EPA Region 6, Regional Science Council’s education programs visit:http://www.epa.gov/region6/rsc/converses_students.html.
STEM Mania Event Schedule 2015 
NASA eCLIPS: Keeping the Beat: a Cardiac Relay (Grades K-5) / March 4th / 4-5pm ET
Measure and record pulse rate before and after physical activity to learn more about the heart. This Elementary STEM activity uses a math model to look for patterns in the pulse rate data.
Spaced Out Sports (Grades 5-8) / March 5th / 4-5pm ET
Learn to apply Newton's Laws of Motion by designing, or redesigning, a game for International Space Station (ISS) astronauts to play in space. As you design a new sport, you will explore Newton's Laws of Motion and how Earth's gravity affects objects.
IntraCranial Pressures: NASA’s Technology that can be Applied to Head Injuries in Sports (Grades 6-12) / March 9th / 4-5pm ET
Soccer Ball Aerodynamics and the Forces of Flight (Grades ) / March 10th / 4-5pm ET
What do planes and soccer balls have in common?  Join this session to learn more about the principles of aerodynamics involved with flying.  See the aerodynamics test of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer ball.
NASA Sports Spinoffs (Grades 5-8) / March 11th / 4-5pm ET
Many technologies developed for space have found uses on Earth. Sunglasses, the computer mouse, magnetic resonance imaging, smoke detectors, quartz watches and bar codes are just a few of the 30,000 commercial applications of space technology that have entered the consumer market since the 1950s. NASA invests in contracts with small businesses for innovations that can be adapted to space applications.
International Toys in Space (Grades 3-8) / March 12th / 4-5pm ET
Wow!  Would you like to see Astronauts try to play basketball or soccer in space?  Join the fun for these hands on, minds on physics lesson in space. 

“Ask US” March Session: Thursday, March 26th - 5:30-6:45 pm ET

Change Over Time: Investigate Climate Change Impacts in the Great Plains

The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with a lead NCA author, then learn about related educator resources with Kristen Poppleton from the Will Steger Foundation. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects. Focus this month will be on the Great Plains region.  Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.

To join the event click here.

Online Courses for Educators- Learn how to teach DLN module content in your learning environment.

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These DLN Modules are now online courses. Go To NASA Virtual University, and look under -Available Courses for Educators

Mapping the Moon   Our Magnificent Sun    The Moon        Our Planet 

 Wall-E picture                                 Hand holding Earth

Toys in Space     A View from the Top

             satellite images from space     

Humans in Space     States of Matter     Our Solar Neighborhood

            astronauts on the ISS            states of matter graphic                Jupiter and a moon   

Educator Professional Development

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Get your students’ heads in the clouds!  Register your class for Student Cloud Observations On-Line, S’COOL, where students play the role of scientists studying the impact clouds have on our atmosphere. Students
learn how to generate real-time data as cloud observers and report their observations on-line to assist NASA with validating the CERES satellite instrument.  Teachers may request to participate in this special event by emailing Sarah Crecelius at sarah.a.crecelius@nasa.gov. Limited connections available. Learn more about S’COOL and how to register here.

Educator Professional Development

Let's take a look at Earth! Learn all about how and why NASA studies our home planet through a series of satellite images and photos taken from the International Space Station. Hear about what we can learn about our atmosphere by looking at Earth from space using high-tech instruments, including SAGE III/ISS. Discuss what you can do to help understand and
care for Earth's atmosphere. Teachers may request to participate in this special event by emailing Kristyn Damadeo at kristyn.damadeo@nasa.gov

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