Resources for Educators

Check out these NASA aeronautics-related resources for educators and students.

Title Level Description URL
Aeronautics Educator Guide Grades 2-4 The activities in this guide help students learn the basic principles of flight. Link
Aeronautics Research Onboard All Ages Learn about the different NASA technologies that are used onboard commercial jets, general aviation aircraft, military aircraft, and helicopters. Link
Career Information All Ages Students can use this page as a starting point to learn about jobs at NASA. Link
The Courage to Soar Educator Guide Grades 3-5 This integrated unit allows students to conduct scientific experiments, construct aircraft models, and read selections and research topics about aviation. Link
Future Flight Design Grades 3-7 Design air transportation and aircraft systems of the future Link
Let's Fly Away Airplane Dodecahedron Grades K-4 A regular dodecahedron is made of 12 pentagons. Students learn about NASA aircraft as they build a geometric form to hang from the ceiling or place on a shelf. Link
NASA Students Facebook page All Ages Learn about NASA opportunities for students in grades 9-Higher Education. Link
NASA's Women of STEM All Ages Meet some of NASA's women engineers, scientists, educators, interns and others. Link
Robin Whirlybird Grades K-4 Learn about rotorcraft in an interactive storybook. Link
Sector 33 All Ages It's a stormy Friday evening in Northern California as the evening rush of air traffic fast approaches the San Francisco Bay Area. All the flights going to San Francisco airport from the east pass through Sector 33, YOUR Sector of the airspace. iPad/iPhone Link
Android Link
Smart Skies Grades 5-9 Use hands-on math to avoid air traffic conflicts. Link
Virtual Skies Grades 9-12 Solve real-life air traffic management problems. Link
Wings over Mars Grades 5-8 Design robotic airplanes to explore and collect data on Mars. Link
The Wright Way: Innovation Through Engineering Poster Grades K-12 This poster honors the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Included are a hands-on kite activity and a metric-based math lesson using real data from the Wright brothers' flights. Link
The Wright Way: The Process of Invention Poster Grades K-12 This poster honors the accomplishments of Wilbur and Orville Wright. Activities include the construction and testing of a model glider. There is also a timeline that highlights the Wright's work from 1889 until 1905. Link
X-1 Paper Glider Kit Grades 5-12 This NASA educational brief, featuring the X-1, investigates the basics of flight with a paper model of the first supersonic aircraft. Link
X-15 To the Edge of Space Poster Grades All Between June 1959 and October 1968, NASA's X-15 hypersonic research flights rewrote the rulebook of conventional flight. This poster presents facts, history, achievements and a labeled diagram of the experimental airplane that flew higher and faster than any other winged vehicle besides the space shuttle. Link
X-Gliders Grades K-4 In this classroom activity students will build a glider, learn how to change its flight characteristics and conduct an experiment to answer a question. Link

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