Lincoln (Neb.) - Sept. 30, 1997 - Educational videos, software and resource guides from NASA will be distributed to the 19 Educational Service Units in Nebraska by the University of Nebraska State Museum. The Nebraska NASA Space Grant Consortium has provided a grant of $1,000 to assemble the educational kits and send them to E.S.U. offices in 19 cities across the state.
Teachers can use the science and math curriculum material for free in their K-12 classrooms. The tapes and software emphasize skills such as problem solving and conducting experiments. The "Liftoff to Learning" video series comprises 14 tapes, including a video called "Toys in Space" in which shuttle astronauts lead a lesson in experimenting with toys in a gravity-free atmosphere.
One of the 13 software programs provided to the E.S.U. offices is called "Images of Mars" and presents information on research missions to the red planet. Teacher resource guides accompany the material.
The material also is available at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Resource Center at the NU State Museum, but statewide distribution of the tapes and software will make it easier for teachers outside Lincoln to use the material, said Marian Langan, educational coordinator for the museum.
"Getting the best NASA educational materials into Nebraska classrooms is our goal," Langan said.
Teachers interested in the material should contact
their local E.S.U. office.
For questions regarding these releases, contact:
(402) 472-8514, Fax: (402) 472-7825