NASA Now Classroom Videos

NASA Now Minute


A NASA Now Minute is a one-minute snapshot of a NASA Now classroom video. A NASA Now Minute is produced for each NASA Now classroom video and is available several days prior to the release of the NASA Now classroom video. You can view each NASA Now Minute on the NES YouTube channel.

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Bring NASA Into Your Classroom With NASA Now Videos

Introduce your students to some of NASA’s most fascinating people and get a front-row seat to NASA’s missions, research and facilities with NASA Now classroom videos! NES provides a comprehensive set of NASA Now classroom videos on dozens of science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts.

What is a NASA Now classroom video?

Show your students what a scientist, engineer or technician looks like; what they sound like; and what kinds of work they do. NASA Now classroom videos show real people using the science, technology, engineering and mathematics they learned in school to work on NASA missions, research and careers.
  NASA Now classroom videos are 6-7 minutes long.
  All programs are captioned for accessibility.
  Videos can be used as activating strategies to spark student interest in daily lessons.
  Each video comes with vocabulary words, discussion questions and career information.
  New videos are posted throughout the school year on the Virtual Campus.
  All NASA Now classroom videos are searchable on the Virtual Campus and can be saved for later retrieval throughout the year.
  Videos can be streamed online or downloaded.
  View Video Titles, Topics, and Grade Levels.


What are teachers saying about the NASA Now classroom videos?

"Kids are highly motivated by NASA Now. They like the quick pace. I like the links to STEM content."
– Natalie Francis, Hiatt Middle School

"I like how there is a common structure in all the videos. They are short and sweet. As a teacher, I like the pre- and post- questions."
– Juliet KovachHam, Ellen Ochoa Learning Center

"It is really cool to see how these things work, building the shuttles and rovers, seeing inside the training of astronauts and the desk workers that have small tasks that make a big difference."
-- Student, Sleeping Giant Middle School

Sample of a NASA Now Classroom Video

Join us in the Icing Research Tunnel at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, when aeromechanical engineer and icing specialist Judith VanZante gives a tour and explains how engineers apply simple concepts in physical science to create windy, cold and wet conditions for aircraft. VanZante explains the hazards of ice on aircraft, how it is formed, and why research on ice plays a major role in aeronautics.

Grade Level: 9-12

Words to Know:

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Questions to Ask Before Watching the Video:

1. List all of the atmospheric conditions you can think of that could threaten the safety of an aircraft.
2. Have you ever been delayed at an airport because your aircraft needed "de-icing"?
3. Do you think an aircraft can keep flying if ice forms on its wings? Why or why not?

Questions to Ask After Watching the Video:

1. What atmospheric conditions must the Icing Research Tunnel simulate to create icing?
2. What effect does ice have on an aircraft?
3. Describe two ice protection systems already in use on aircraft.

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Career Information:

Judith VanZante is an aeromechanical engineer and icing specialist who grew up in a small rural town in Michigan. She earned her doctorate in aerospace engineering and attended college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and the University of Southern California. She trains pilots on how to handle their aircraft in icing conditions. She finds her job very rewarding because she knows she could be saving lives.


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Page Last Updated: March 20th, 2014
Page Editor: NASA Administrator