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Do It Again: Aeronautical Testing the NASA Way

Learn how to engage students in the investigation of variables that affect flight patterns of paper aircraft. Students manipulate wing shape to evaluate the affect on flight patterns. Students launch paper aircraft in the classroom to collect, measure, and evaluate data. All materials needed to implement the lesson will be created during the workshop. This […]

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Keeping Your Cool

Spacesuit insulation technologies protect the astronaut from extreme high and low temperatures of the space environment. However, the same insulation technology also works to keep heat released by the astronaut’s body inside the suit. The two investigation activities in this Exploration Brief allow students to demonstrate the principle behind the operation of the space shuttle […]

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Do It Again: The Four Forces of Flight

How do planes fly? What forces are at work creating the ability for a heavier than air craft to lift into the air and soar through the skies? Investigate the four forces of flight (lift, drag, gravity and thrust) as Dr. DoIt performs demonstrations to explain these forces. After seeing the forces in action, learn […]

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The Courage to Soar

This integrated unit allows students to conduct scientific experiments, construct aircraft models, and read selections and research topics about aviation. The 23 lessons in this educator guide support national math, science, technology, geography and language arts standards. The lessons have built-in assessment opportunities. Students will build sled kites, rotor motors, foam airplanes, straw aircraft and […]

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The Case of the Physical Fitness Challenge Unit

Follow the Treehouse Detectives in four video segments as they consult with fitness experts and NASA specialists to learn about good health, physical fitness and proper nutrition. Use the lessons and the questions in the videos to reinforce the concepts discussed in each segment. They can be found here.

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