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.  

National Council of Space Grant Directors: Annual Spring Meeting
The National Council of Space Grant Directors’ Annual Spring Meeting in Crystal City, Va.
February 26, 2015 from 3:30-4:15 PM EST
February 27, 2015 from 1-2 PM EST
This meeting is hosted by the District of Columbia Space Grant Consortium.  Students hailing from states including Vermont, Michigan, South Dakota and Louisiana will discuss an array of topics that will include, but not be limited to: micro propulsion applications, automated landing systems and Space Grant’s impact on education, NASA and industry. The NASA Space Grant Program Office staff (based at NASA Headquarters) will also be in attendance. 


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 
Engineering Sports into the Classroom (Grades 5-8) / February 25th / 4-5pm ET
Join us for an introduction to Engineering Design and ways to integrate it into your classes as both stand alone and integrated lessons. We will discuss adaptations and a challenge to engineer “Classroom Basketball” as an example.
Robo Arm and Weightlifting (Grades K-5) / February 26th / 4-5pm ET
Explore the use of Robo Arm and how it functions like a real human arm. Robo Arm is used on the International Space Station to move equipment and supplies and assist the astronauts. During this session, you will design your own robotic arm and participate in a weightlifting challenge.
Sports: STEM is Newton’s Laws at Play (Grades 3-5) / March 2nd / 4-5pm ET
Hydration Station: The Importance of Hydration in Sports/ISS (Grades K-12) / March 3rd / 4-5pm ET
How is living in space like playing in the Super Bowl? Both involve circumstances that cause the body to involuntarily lose water. Astronauts and athletes with low body water can suffer physical performance impairments.
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
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

Page Last Updated: February 25th, 2015
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