Science - In the spotlight

28th October 2011 at 01:00
Houston, we have a solution.

Space agency Nasa believes education is vitally important and that the United States must maintain its commitment to teaching its citizens Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

But it is not just Americans who can benefit from the wealth of free resources on Nasa's website, which has sections for both educators and students. The educator section is split into three categories: grade K-4 (for five to nine-year-olds), grade 5-8 (10 to 13-year-olds) and grade 9- 12 (equivalent of GCSE and A-level students).

Each section has resources relevant for its age group, including a range of learning activities, video clips, games, maths and physics problems, and links to other useful websites and resources.

Students are likely to enjoy building high-power paper rockets by following the instructions and diagrams provided. They can then test their rocket, evaluate its performance, and refine their design. Depending on the success of the rocket's design, there is the potential for it to reach heights of around 100m.

This activity will certainly provides a lot of fun.

Andrew Lochery, managing director, Green APL Education

What else?

For more on Nasa's teaching resources, visit www.nasa.govaudienceforeducators

See TES Resources to view a Teachers TV video on science labs of the future.

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