Skip to Content
  • Language
  • End User
  • Educational Use
  • Time Required
(178)
(417)
(490)
(505)
(559)
(3)
(383)
(203)
(97)
(232)
(90)
(93)

Found 595 Collections

 

Tuia te here tangata waka | Binding the ties of humanity canoe

This collection is built around a waka Māori currently on display in the National Museum of Natural History.
waka is a traditional canoe. It is designed as a portal to Te Ao Māori - The indigenous worldview  Māori are the native people of New Zealand. Its traditional name is Aotearoa meaning Land of the long white cloud.

This waka was made from a single 100-year old Tōtara tree. Tōtara is a large native New Zealand hardwood that grows throughout the North and South Island. It is light weighted and high natural oil content which prevents rotting or deterioration. Waka are extensions of Māori tribal history and are the traditional technology responsible for mobilising navigators across the Pacific Ocean. The infamous explorer Kupe, discovered New Zealand in 925 AD.

The name of the waka is Tuia te here tangata meaning Binding the ties of humanity. It celebrates the connection established in 1840 between the US Exploring expedition and Māori. The name and physical artefact hope to inspire understanding. The collection aims to digitally illustrate the mauri or life force of the waka. We can transform our wounds into wisdom by seeking first to understand, and then to be understood.

Anahera Hare
48
 

Everest

#tii #NASMteachers

Carrie Akins
21
 

Strength vs Weight

This collection includes a design challenge that explores engineering concepts and the use of lightweight structures that are also strong. 

Students will explore the benefits of a lightweight, strong structure and build within parameters to meet a challenge. Strong, light structures are necessary in constructing buildings (especially in areas with extreme weather) as well as air and space craft. 

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, keva plank, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
4
 

Planetary Topography

Students get an introduction to the concept of topography and how topographic data are displayed with graduated colors. Students practice visualizing and translating map-view data into side-view topographic profiles of various features. Then, with this background, students examine real topographic data from four planetary bodies in the solar system and interpret this data to answer questions about each planetary body. 

Students will:
  • Understand that topography is a 2D representation of a 3D feature, the elevation of a surface.
  • Read and analyze topography data to find what’s high and low in elevation.
  • Visualize the shape of a land form or feature based on its topography.
  • Interpret real planetary topography data to answer questions.
  • Explain how topography data is useful, both on Earth and other planets.

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, topography, maps, Mars, Venus, Earth, Moon

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
18
 

Weathering, Erosion, and Deposition

This collection explores the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and how they appear on Earth and Mars.

Students will:

  • Understand the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition and how it creates soil.
  • Apply what they know about weathering, erosion, and deposition on Earth and apply it to landforms on Mar and draw conclusions about its past and present.
  • Present an argument for why Mars had liquid water in large quantities in its past. 

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, Earth Science 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
23
 

Exploring Water Drops

This collection provides resources for students to explore the properties of water drops and make connections to the water properties in nature.

Students will be able to:

  • make observations about properties of water drops
  • describe how water acts on different surfaces
  • make connections to water properties in natural settings

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, physical property, water, observation

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
5
 

Tornadoes

This collection looks at tornadoes, how they form, how they are measured, and includes a hands-on activity and a design challenge.

Students will:
  • Understand the properties of tornadoes.
  • Understand how tornadoes form a funnel-shaped mass of air.
  • Understand that engineers design and build structures to withstand tornado damage.

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, natural disaster, planning, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
15
 

The Body in Space

Examining Evidence: What happens to the body in space? Students will analyze data about what has happened to astronauts’ bodies during their time in micro-gravity and their return to Earth. These changes are categorized into four sets: Staying Strong, Getting Oriented, Sleeping, and Fluid Shift. 

NASA is preparing to send humans to explore Mars. But if we want to go to another planet to do science, first we have to learn how to avoid the health problems that sometimes affect humans in space.
In this lesson, students will:
  • Investigate evidence about how an astronaut's body changed in space
  • Identify the health-related challenges that astronauts face away from our planet
  • Examine objects that astronauts have used in space to learn about the health issues and to stay healthy
  • Design technology to help lessen the effects of one of the health problems.

Keyword: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, life science, orientation, living and working in space

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
29
 

ISS Images and Land forms

This collection presents several images taken from the International Space Station and challenges students to identify the land forms and their locations on Earth.  

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, earth science, ISS

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
5
 

Flight School Math Collection

This lesson focuses on the four forces of flight and the control surfaces of aircraft.  It applies these concepts  to activities with a free flight simulator where students can practice landing and maintaining correct glide scope on final. 

Students will:
  • Understand how axes of flight, controls surfaces, flight controls, and aircraft instruments are used to control a plane during approach and landing. 
  • Practice flying an aircraft using flight controls and instruments. 
  • Use math to determine the best approach to a runway for landing.
  • Apply their knowledge of flying an aircraft to use a flight simulator to practice how to approach and land at an airfield.

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
14
 

Engineering Mars Spacecraft

This collection presents information on the different types of space craft that have visited Mars, what they were designed to study, and some of the instruments that were designed to complete their data collection.  It is organized to include pre and post-visit activities to accompany a visit to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC.  An alternative app is suggested for those who are unable to visit the museum.

Students will: 

  • Identify engineering design requirements based on a description of what a spacecraft should be able to do.  
  • Compare the characteristics of the described spacecraft to models of actual spacecraft, determine how well the actual spacecraft meets the design requirements. 

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, engineering, Curiosity, Opportunity, Viking, orbiter, lander, rover, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
22
 

Designing for the Weather

Design a structure to meet a challenge, then learn about weather hazards and how structures are engineered to stand up to extreme conditions.

Students will explore the benefits of a lightweight, strong structure and build within parameters to meet a challenge. Strong, light structures are necessary in constructing buildings (especially in areas with extreme weather) as well as air and space craft. 

Keywords: #airandspace, National Air and Space Museum, NASM, engineering, weather, 

National Air and Space Museum Smithsonian
11
 

World War II - Victory in Europe

Learn about WWII from Tuskegee Airman, Charles McGee and explore how you can help tell the stories of local veterans with the help of student reporter Jaden Jefferson.

National Air and Space Museum
24
 

ISS Downlink: Serena Aunon-Chancellor | STEM in 30

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work in space? Find out what it's like in this downlink by STEM in 30. In conjunction with Future Engineers students talked with NASA astronaut Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor about 3D printing, and what it's like to be on the International Space Station.

National Air and Space Museum
8
 

Ask an Astronaut with Randy "Komrade" Bresnik and Paolo Nespoli | STEM in 30

NASA astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli join STEM in 30 to talk about their recent six-month stay on the International Space Station (ISS).

National Air and Space Museum
15
 

Live Downlink with the International Space Station & Astronaut Randy "Komrade" Bresnik - STEM in 30

Watch STEM in 30's live downlink with the International Space Station. Students from around the country got to ask questions live to NASA astronaut Randy “Komrade” Bresnik as he was orbiting 250 miles above the Earth.

National Air and Space Museum
13
 

Robotics: First There Were Humans, Then There Was Machine

FIRST inspires students in science and technology by hosting national robotics competitions for students in kindergarten through high school. Join STEM in 30 to see these robots in action and learn how robots are used throughout the aerospace industry.

National Air and Space Museum
15
 

What Goes Up Must Come Down: Plummeting Through the Layers of the Atmosphere

Alan Eustace's world record-breaking skydive started with a ride 25 miles into the stratosphere in a high-altitude balloon. He then plummeted through the increasingly dense atmosphere. Does the atmosphere change with altitude? What challenges did Eustace's team have to overcome to complete the jump? Learn all this and more on this episode of STEM in 30 from the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

National Air and Space Museum
14
 

Rock Me Like a Hurricane: The Science of Earth's Largest Storms

Have you ever wondered what happens inside the eye of a hurricane? Find out what it's like and why it is important to study these storms from space, the ground, and in an airplane. Join STEM in 30 as they experience hurricane force winds at the Liberty Science Center, fly into a hurricane with the US Air Force Hurricane Hunters and talk with Ginger Zee to learn about these massive storms.

National Air and Space Museum
22
 

Your Ticket to Space: Commercial Spaceflight

Orion, Dragon, and Starliner. These are not the names of mythical creatures, or far off vessels. These are the first line of commercial space vehicles ready to take humans to space in the near future. Will you get a ride? In this episode learn about commercial spaceflight and the rockets that will get them into space.

National Air and Space Museum
13
 

STEM in Real Life: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and More at the National Air and Space Museum

How does Science, Technology, Engineering and Math work in the real world? How can you learn about these subjects through artifacts at the National Air and Space Museum? Can you also learn about art, or music? Find the answers to all of these questions and more on this episode of STEM in 30. Teachers, tune in to this special, 50th episode of STEM in 30 to learn all about STEM in real life.

National Air and Space Museum
11
 

Reboot the Suit: Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit | STEM in 30

“That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.” Astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke these famous words as he became the first person to walk on the Moon 50 years ago this July. His spacesuit, really a small spacecraft, allowed him to take this historic walk. Join STEM in 30 to learn about the research and conservation efforts that went into ensuring that this suit will last for generations to come.

National Air and Space Museum
23
 

Top of the Tower: How Air Traffic Control Keeps the Skies Safe

Beth learns about what information Air Traffic Controllers are giving to pilots, while Marty tags along with middle school students as they learn how to fly airplanes. They both learn how weather impacts Air Traffic and what was the hardest day to be an Air Traffic Controller.

National Air and Space Museum
15
1-24 of 595 Collections