DIY Space Exploration
NASA Education now offers a do-it-yourself podcast activity that
allows students to easily mix and match content from the NASA
website to create podcasts about a wide range of space-related topics.
Designed for learners of all ages, the NASA activities teach students
how to use printed information as well as video and audio clips to write a
script, record personalized narration, edit the final product, and share it
through an RSS feed.
Sample topics include spacesuits, Newton’s laws, and lab safety. A podcast about spacesuits, for example, might include reasons why special suits
are necessary in space along with a description of features that spacesuits
have, such as oxygen tanks, a pressure layer, and a layer through which
water flows and cools the body.
The NASA Education site has links to the
Spacesuits and Spacewalks portion of the website and a gallery of photos showing the evolution of the spacesuit over four decades.
Students will become engaged in learning
about science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics through the use of the podcast
activity as they explore missions, experiments,
and equipment demonstration clips to produce
a full-fledged show.
This hands-on model requires the use of a
camcorder, digital audio recorder, or computer
to record the narration. NASA’s website provides the images, video, information, and links
to relevant sites, as well as a blog that will keep
users updated on NASA projects.
To learn more, visit www.nasa.gov/
IMAGES COURTESY OF NASA
—Kaya Hardin is a journalism student at the University of Oregon and an ISTE intern.