2018 NASA & Flight Technology @ AMF

Primary source-based lessons exploring the history of federal policy in promoting technological innovation
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How relevant are our ties with Russia and the space program? Published

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Given the current political arena, design a timeline of the Russian involvement with the space program and list any current involvement you can find. Describe, using documents from the 1950s and 1960s by, why it may be important to keep the Russians involved/univolved or what issues you believe may be incurred by private industry and the money spent by the Russians.  By providing money for private industry who are working with NASA, how much leeway do the Soviets have within the confines of national security? 

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Jean Faulk

The Ins and Outs of a launch pad Published

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My students will not have much familiarity with what an actual launch pad looks like or why it is designed the way that it is.  I would like my students to use the primary source analysis tool on the picture of the launch pad start a discussion about what they see, why they think things look the way they do, then have that lead into a lesson on what the different parts of a launch pad are and what their purpose is.  Other photos can also be used to show kids different perspectives of the launch pad as well, not just the one provided here.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Adrian Sperduto

The difference in rockets

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My students would have a good time comparing what the rockets look like and how they are similar and different. You could then take it to the next step and talk about how rockets actually work and then even have a discussion about which design then you think would be better.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Adrian Sperduto

Overview of the Space Program Today - Bernie Day 1

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NASA has four mission directorates: •Aeronautics: research to improve air transportation; –Dates back to the 1930s as National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics •Human Exploration and Operations: –International Space Station operations, –development of commercial spaceflight capabilities, and –human exploration of asteroids and Mars [being planned]. •Science: explore the Earth, solar system and universe beyond [NASA has sent probes to every planet and used space telescope]; •Space Technology: develop revolutionary, high-payoff technologies that enable NASA's future missions while providing economic benefit to the nation.

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Melissa Mitchell