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NASA Using Sports to Teach STEM

By Bryan Toporek — February 25, 2014 1 min read
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched a new online video series on Monday aimed at using sports to teach science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The series, called NASA STEM Mania, includes sessions for both students and teachers. Students can learn about the physics behind the game of football and the differences in training for athletes and astronauts, while some of the educator sessions include clips of astronauts playing sports on the International Space Station, a comparison between the principles of bowling and those used to develop Mars rovers, and how solar energy is being used to power a NASCAR track.

All of the sessions will be streamed live on NASA’s Distance Learning Network, which you can view below:

Live streaming video by Ustream

To participate in any interactive activities, students and teachers will have to register on NASA’s website for the particular session. The student sessions typically air from 12-1 p.m. ET or 1-2 p.m. ET Mondays through Thursdays, while the educator sessions take place from 4-5 p.m. ET on those four days. Sessions began on Monday and run through March 20.

On a semi-related note, NASA tweeted out a video on Monday featuring two astronauts on the International Space Station explaining how they stay in shape while suspended in zero gravity:

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.