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(Phone: 202/453-8400) 1991 Barbara Schwartz Johnson Space Center, Houston (Phone: 713/483-5111) RELEASE: 91-29 SPACE AGE LEARNING TOOLS AVAILABLE
Although NASA has been sending humans into space for more than 30 years, spaceflght is still new to middle school children and basic questions are very much on their minds. With the help of the Astronaut Corps, NASA is producing space age learning tools to relate space flight and other scientific concepts to teachers and students at all grade levels and subject areas. NASA today released the first in this new series of educational video products. This new video package, Liftoff to Learning: "Space Basics," illustrates orbital science. "Space Basics" was filmed on location at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Fla., and in orbit onboard Space Shuttle mission STS-41. The 21-minute video combines the answers to basic questions with exciting space photography and colorful special effects. Accompanying the tape is an 8-page video resource guide for teachers that provides background information on rockets and orbits as well as suggestions for handson classroom activities. The guide also includes a vocabulary list, reference list and details about the crew members. Observing that space captures students interest in science, math and technology, NASA is developing a variety of educational materials, including video tapes, slide sets and educational publications relating to specific Space Shuttle missions and space flight concepts. For each Shuttle mission a 4-page teachers guide, "Mission Watch," will be produced describing the mission, payloads, experiments, and science objectives, and includes suggested classroom activities and references. At the end of the mission, a 4-page summary report, "Mission Highlights" will be available to educators. - more -
- 2 These new space age learning products are the result of a team effort involving NASA Headquarter's Educational Affairs Division, the Astronaut Corps, Space Shuttle Support Office, program and science people, flight directors and planners, television production people and public affairs. Products currently available include: o Liftoff to Learning: "Space Basics," video and teachers guide (available March 4) o "Mission Watch" teacher's guides for STS-41 and 35 o "Mission Highlights" summary for STS-41 and 35 o STS-35 Astro-1 teachers guide and slide set The video Liftoff to Learning, "Space Basics," can be taped at home or at school by tuning to Satcom F2R satellite, 72 degrees West longitude, transponder 13. The video will be transmitted at noon and repeated at 6 p.m. EST every Tuesday and Thursday in February and will run periodically thoughout the month of March. Educators can contact NASA's Teacher Resource Centers for information on obtaining copies of the "Space Basics" videotape and resource guide (available March 4), "Mission Watch" and "Mission Highlights." Videotapes and slide sets are also available by phoning NASA CORE on 216/744-1051 for information. And with a modem, educators can access NASA Spacelink, a computerized space education data base on 205/895-0028 for all printed education materials.
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