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ERIC Number: ED460859
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The NASA "Why?" Files: The Case of the Inhabitable Habitat. A Lesson Guide with Activities in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
Ricles, Shannon
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has produced a distance learning series of four 60-minute video programs with an accompanying Web site and companion teacher guides. The story lines of each program or episode involve six inquisitive school children who meet in a treehouse. They seek the solution of a particular problem, and the NASA "Why?" Files series follows them through the steps of their investigation and final conclusion. The series uses problem-based learning to introduce students to NASA research and missions from physical, earth, life, and computer science. It is designed to model the problem-based learning approach and provide students with the opportunity to learn subject matter and simultaneously develop problem-solving skills while engaged in real-world problems. This document presents an activity that involves building a habitat that can sustain human life on Mars. The lesson presented in the guide uses an interdisciplinary approach and lists the standards met by the activity. This lesson plan is supported by a video component. (YDS)
The NASA "Why?" Files, Mail Stop 400, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 23681-2199. Tel: 757-864-5044; Fax: 757-864-9701; e-mail: For full text:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Hampton City Schools, VA.; American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, VA. Langley Research Center.