May 2007 -- First Spaceflight of an Educator Astronaut Extra
What's an "Extra"? Every month, NASA compiles a list of educational resources related to a NASA topic. Visit each month to find new educational materials, classroom activities, games, pictures, NASA TV broadcasts and Web sites.
Image to right: Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan is heading to space on the STS-118 space shuttle mission. Credit: NASA
As the first Educator Astronaut launches into orbit, NASA's mission for education aims to inspire, engage and educate the nation's future workforce. Currently scheduled for August 8, 2007, the STS-118 crew will launch into space to continue the task of assembling the International Space Station. In addition to adding components to the ISS, it will be the first spaceflight of an Educator Astronaut, mission specialist Barbara Morgan. An Educator Astronaut is a fully qualified astronaut who brings expertise in K-12 education. With their education background, Educator Astronauts will help lead NASA in the development of new ways to connect space exploration with the classroom and to inspire the next generation of explorers, while ensuring a successful mission.
Browse NASA's STS-118 educational resource pages for materials and information that educators can use for instructional purposes. Educational content includes scientific information, interactive features, games, classroom challenges, events, lesson plans and activities, and images. There's also a special section with articles about the ground crew that supports space shuttle missions and other careers at NASA.
Materials in this section include NASA education products that support the First Spaceflight of an Educator Astronaut theme. Resources are grouped by two categories: Prepare for the Mission and Follow the Mission. Use the lesson plans under Prepare for the Mission to teach about engineering design and sustaining life. Use the resources under Follow the Mission to learn about a shuttle launch, the components of the space station, how the astronauts live and work in space, and the space shuttle's return to Earth.
Events and Opportunities
Monthly Topics on NASA Educational Television
The NASA Television Education File segment broadcasts NASA-produced programs specifically designed for students and teachers. From the wonders of space to the amazing planet Earth -- inspiration and learning are the mission of the Education File.
Television shows related to this month's topic are scheduled during the week of May 13-19
. Titles and audience levels are listed on the May Educational TV Schedule. Descriptions of the shows are available by clicking on the show titles.
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NASA Educational Multimedia Materials
The Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE, is the worldwide distribution center for NASA-produced multimedia materials. Programs related to each month's topic listed on the NASA Educational TV schedule are available for purchase.
Image to right: NASA develops multimedia resources for educators.
CORE offers Education Modules that are bundled by topic and may include DVDs, CD-ROMs, videotapes, educator guides, posters, lithographs, books, lesson plans, bookmarks, fact sheets, slide sets and activity kits.
Search words for CORE materials: Educator Astronaut, STS-118
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