NASA eClips

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Joan Harper-Neely, STEM Education Specialist, National Institute of Aerospace

What is NASA eClips™?

NASA eClips™ is a proven and effective multi-media educational program. Since 2008, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) has worked with NASA to develop the NASA eClips suite of educational resources, including videos, educator guides, and numerous supporting classroom materials. NIA’s Center for Integrative STEM Education continues to produce new resources based on current research and continued needs of the country’s K-12 educators. NASA eClips™ is a web-based video and educator resource repository that focuses on grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12, and the general public. These resources are available on demand to every school in the nation and address the demand for instant information that is engaging, interactive and easily integrated into daily lesson planning.

How can NASA eClips™ enhance my students’ learning experience?

The video format arouses students’ curiosity and encourages them to ask their own questions. NASA eClips™ help students explore new topics on their own. Video segments can be used to determine students’ depth of understanding. Students can design their own video segments modeled after the NASA eClips™ to demonstrate their understanding of concepts taught in the classroom.

How do I get these programs?

Teachers and others can access all NASA eClips™ products on the Internet. Video segments are available at NASA eClips Youtube Page. Video segments with additional teacher materials and program information are available at the official NASA eClips website.

Do I need to register to use these programs?

Registration is not needed to use NASA eClips™ materials. Materials are available on demand and free of charge to anyone with Internet access.

How do I use these resources with my students?

Educator guides utilizing NASA eClips™ related activities and educational best practices are available on the website under the “Teacher Toolbox” heading.  NASA eClips™ Educator Guides provide examples of ways teachers may effectively use video segments as an instructional tool. Each guide includes instructional objectives, background information, links to video clips, instructions for implementing inquiry-based lessons, additional resources related to the topic and suggestions for extending or modifying lessons. All lessons are presented in the 5-E delivery model and are aligned to national standards for science, math, and technology. There are several engineering challenges to engage students and provide them with opportunities to apply content skills and knowledge in a real world context.

The Engineering Design Packets are part of the Teacher Toolbox. The elementary and secondary design packets can be used to introduce students to a formal design process. Students answer questions about each step of their design process. A rubric is included to assist with evaluation. These open-ended packets can be applied to any design project and can be used to enhance existing curriculum.

Why does NASA support this program?

For the United States to remain technologically and economically competitive on a global scale, educators and parents must engage and prepare students for careers based on a solid foundation in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. This NASA project brings together exciting video segments with educational best practices to inspire and educate students to become 21st century explorers.

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