Program Description

The Underground Railroad: Connections to Freedom and Science (1999, Short Version)
Note: This program is no longer broadcast on NASA TV.


Target: Grades 6-12

Length: 26 minutes 40 seconds

The program's objective is to increase student awareness of the Underground Railroad and the role celestial navigation played in the Railroad's success. The video also highlights the importance of modern Global Information System technology in reconstructing historical topographies and finding the exact route of the Railroad. By combining amazing historical facts -- such as the use of handmade quilts for communication with mathematics, remote sensing technology, earth system science and astronomy, the video presents a dynamic educational experience that is broadly cross-curricular.

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