NASA Videos and Supplementary Materials
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The NASA videos in this section of TeacherLINK have been digitized for use as a video preview or to assist you to do a workshop presentation. All NASA materials cleared for public distribution must be disability compliant (section 508). For the most part, these videos do not have closed captioning, so you use them with the understanding that if you need disability compliant materials, you'll contact your local NASA Educator Resource Center (or NASA.GOV) and obtain a disability compliant copy there.
Also, please note that these videos have been produced over decades of time - and were reflective of our knowledge and understanding at the time they were originally published. However, as new discoveries are made, and the understanding, knowledge, and technologies of humankind increases - some information contained in the videos may have become outdated, and should be considered for their historical value and context.
NASA Videos - Misc. - Long list of miscellaneous movies and series produced by NASA for the classroomNASA eClips - Short educational vodcasts focused on various audiences. NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, helping them see real world connections. New video segments are produced weekly exploring current applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, topics. The programs are produced for targeted audiences: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 and the general public.
NASA eClips™ offer unlimited flexibility in the classroom for timing, sequencing and pacing instruction to meet the needs of students and classroom instructors. Educational material for this program is selected based on national curriculum standards identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, or NCTM, the National Science Teachers Association, or NSTA, and the International Society for Technology in Education, or ISTE.
- NASA 360 - General Public
- NASA Launchpad - Gr. 9-12
- NASA's The Real World Mathematics - Gr. 6-8
- NASA's Our World - Gr. K-5
NASA Liftoff to Learning - NASA's Liftoff to Learning Video Series captures the excitement of space flight and explains, in basic and practical terms, the scientific, mathematical, and technologic concepts that make space flight possible. Each program comes with a printed video resource guide with background information, resources, and activities.
NASA SCIence Files - The NASA SCIence Files is a series of instructional programs consisting of broadcast, print, and online elements. Emphasizing standards-based instruction, Problem-Based Learning, and science as inquiry, the series seeks to motivate students in grades 3-5 to become critical thinkers and active problem solvers. Each program supports the national mathematics, science, and technology standards and includes:
- a 60-minute video broadcast
- a companion educator's guide
- web-based activities and materials
- information about NASA programs, projects, facilities, and researchers
The series was discontinued in 2006 and replaced by eClips.
NASA Destination Tomorrow - NASA's Destination Tomorrow is a series of 30-minute educational programs that focus on NASA research, including new technologies, advanced aerodynamics, past achievements and medical breakthroughs. Each exciting program gives the audience an inside look at NASA and demonstrates how research and technology relates to our everyday lives. If it's cutting edge technology, medical breakthroughs or advanced aeronautical research - NASA's Destination Tomorrow will bring it to you first.The series was discontinued in 2006 and replaced by eClips.
NASA Globe Program - OBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program.
For Students, GLOBE provides the opportunity to learn by:
- Taking scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology, soils, and land cover/phenology - depending upon their local curricula
- Reporting their data through the Internet
- Publishing their research projects based on GLOBE data and protocols
- Creating maps and graphs on the free interactive Web site to analyze data sets
- Collaborating with scientists and other GLOBE students around the world
For Teachers, GLOBE provides assistance through:
- Training at professional development workshops
- Teacher's Guide, "how-to" videos, and other materials
- Continuing support from a Help Desk, scientists, and partners
- Contact with other teachers, students, and scientists worldwide.
For International and U.S. Partners, GLOBE provides:
- Train-the-Trainer workshops
- Guidance and support for mentoring teachers
NASA and the Airplane - Topic Area: History of Flight
Title: NASA and the Airplane, 13-Part Series
Length/Year: 6 1/2 hours
Item Number: 001.0-18V
Grade Level: 9-12; College; UG; Adult
Audience: Students; Parents; Educators; Informal
NASA Biology-On Earth and In Space - A series of videos produced in 1987 that discuss topics such as life in space, gravity and life, making medicine in space, etc.
NASA - 25 Years of Progress - Topic Area: Space Sciences\Planetary
Title: 25 Years of Progress 14-part Condensed Series
Length/Year: 7 hours/1980's
Item Number: 010.2-09V
Grade Level: 5-8; 9-12
NASA Journey into Cyberspace - This program series Is sponsored and co-produced by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and was broadcast in October 1997. In the first videotape, Dr. Shelley Canright of the NASA Langley Research Center presents an informal review of the program materials explaining their dual focus: to stimulate career exploration and to provide science/math-related activities and concepts. The subsequent fice programs transport two middle school students magically through their computer to a series of university campuses, including the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and Hampton University. On their journey, the sudents enlist the aid of university students as they work on completing a career project for their science class. Each program focuses on university students doing real world research and covers a variety of careers in the areas of mathematics, science, and engineering. The university students also explain how their ordinary interests have led to extraordinary opportunities in high-tech research and development. Additional science and career resources are available at their web site at: http://careerjourney.vsgc.odu.edu.
NASA History of Space Travel - Topic Area Human Space Flight\General
Title History of Space Travel 14-Part Series
Length/Year 7 hours/1960-1980
Item Number 007.0-06V
NASA Journey Through the Solar System - Topic Area: Space Science\Planetary
Title: Journey Through the Solar System 14-Part Series
Length/Year: 7 hours/1976
Item Number: 010.2-08V
Grade Level: 5-8; 9-12; College; UG; Adult
Audience: Students; Parents; Educators; Informal
Project Mathematics - Project MATHEMATICS! videos explore basic topics in high school mathematics in ways that cannot be done at the chalkboard or in a textbook. They bring mathematics to life with imaginative computer animation, live action, music, special effects, and a sense of humor.
Young people are attracted to mathematics through high-quality instructional modules that show mathematics to be understandable, exciting, and eminently worthwhile. Each module consists of a video together with a workbook/study guide, and explores a basic topic in mathematics that can be integrated into any high school or community college curriculum. The modules encourage interaction between students and teachers.
Video technology provides a highly efficient way of conveying information. Visual images make a much greater impact than printed or spoken words, especially when the images are in motion and are accompanied by music and sound effects. These videos provide a valuable pedagogical tool for supporting mathematics instruction.
About the Videos (and how to play them)...
All the digitized videos have been encoded as MP4 files for play on computers. All video files have been compressed into .ZIP archives, and must be "unzipped" before using them.
Many computer video players (Realplayer, Windows Media Player, Quicktime) will handle MPEG 4 movie formats correctly. So, first try playing one of the movie files to see if it will play correctly on your computer without any special programs being installed.
If it won't play, or if you're missing either audio or video, please download and use the free VLC player from http://videolan.org.