Search Ames


Text Size


Oct. 19, 1999

John Bluck

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

650/604-5026 or 604-9000



Live, interactive science Internet "webcasts" about the Sun, Space Shuttle landings and launches, and the world of light and waves will be distributed by NASA to classroom computers across the world during the next year.

Webcasts enable students to watch live video, listen to an audio program and interact in real-time with experts participating in the programs. Educators can reach NASA Quest's Learning Technologies Channel on the Internet at:

"An ongoing series about the Sun is geared for specific grade levels, providing separate and complete webcasts each month for grades 2-4, 5-8 and 9-12," said Kate Weisberg, Learning Technologies Project Manager at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA. "Each webcast is designed to engage the classroom in solar science activities, including lesson plans and curricula developed by NASA."

NASA Quest and Stanford SOLAR Center are continuing to produce "All About the Sun," webcasts for the 1999-2000 school year. The next webcast is Tues., Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon PST. Guest scientists, physicians and educators will take part in the webcasts. A complete schedule for this and other webcasts is on the Quest website.

"The Space Shuttle Countdown: Landing to Launch" series also continues this month and runs through May. Live from the Kennedy Space Center, these webcasts will follow the processing of the Shuttle from landing through launch. The webcasts will offer tours of the space center not typically open to the public, with insights from the people who work there.

"Classrooms will have a direct connection to NASA experts while student questions are being answered `in living color,' broadcast live via the Internet to desktop computers and a worldwide audience," said Linda Conrad, Manager of the NASA Quest Space Team Online Project. "Feedback from teachers shows that NASA Quest's showcasing of careers that use science and math increases student enthusiasm for studying these subjects."

NASA Quest and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, will present "Light, Waves and Interference," an online, interactive teachers' workshop on Fri., Oct. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST.

During the webcast, educators will explore the fascinating world of light, interference and waves. Teachers will learn why hummingbirds shimmer in such spectacular colors, why we see colors on a puddle of rainwater and what surfers have in common with cutting-edge astronomers looking for habitable planets around distant stars. Educators will learn how light can interfere to create darkness, and will see how we are surrounded by waves that interact in surprising ways. Hands-on demonstrations will make the workshop "fun," according to Marc Siegel of Quest.

At least one of many other events will be broadcast live from a classroom, and "electronic field trips" will take students to Stanford University's Wilcox Observatory in California in April and to the Kitt Peak Observatory in Tuscon, AZ, in May.

NASA Quest webcasts provide opportunities for educators from all over the world to bring space science content to the classroom through Internet technology. Webcasts are just some of many Internet offerings from NASA Quest. Online, interactive projects connect students with NASA employees and are designed to inspire young people to pursue careers in high technology.

The complete 1999-2000 Quest webcast programming schedule is listed on the Internet at –

Solar series:

Shuttle series:

Light, Waves and Interference workshop:

For more information, educators may telephone Marc Siegel at 650/604-1518, or send him an email at:



- end -

text-only version of this release

To receive Ames news releases via e-mail, send an e-mail with the word "subscribe" in the subject line to To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to the same address with "unsubscribe" in the subject line.

NASA Image Policies