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Airboats: Transportation for Wetland Environments
Airboats: Transportation for Wetland Environments
Airboats are flat-bottomed boats powered by a propeller attached to an automobile or aircraft engine. The flat bottom allows airboats to navigate easily through shallow swamps and marshes.
Running time 02:53 minutes
The Avionics System
The Avionics System
This two-minute clip defines the "avionics system" and explains what it does.
Running time 01:51 minutes
A Base on the Moon
A Base on the Moon
Learn more about the plan for our return to the moon.
Running time 01:39 minutes
 Calculating the Power of the Wind
Calculating the Power of the Wind
Want to show your students specific real world examples of radius, area and algebra? Wind Analyst Emily Hardy does just that... in under two minutes!
Running time 01:53 minutes
Calculating the Volume of a Cylinder
Calculating the Volume of a Cylinder
In the 1800s, New York City required that all buildings higher than 6 stories be equipped with a rooftop water tower. This was necessary to prevent the need for excessively high pressures at lower elevations, which could burst pipes.
Running time 02:02 minutes
The Chemistry of Solid Rocket Propellant
The Chemistry of Solid Rocket Propellant
Get a closer look at the chemistry behind solid rocket propellant.
Running time 01:35 minutes
Developing a New Tool
Developing a New Tool
Engineering & building a new space launch vehicle sometimes requires a new type of tool, and it's important to fully understand how that tool works before you start manufacturing.
Running time 01:39 minutes
A Difference Between a Rocket Motor & a Rocket Engine
A Difference Between a Rocket Motor & a Rocket Engine
The Ares I rocket has both a motor and an engine. What's the difference between the two? [The Ares rockets were part of NASA's Constellation Program which ended in 2010. Despite the policy change, this movie shows real-world applications of STEM]
Running time 01:32 minutes
Evaluating Hazards for Rocket Propellant
Evaluating Hazards for Rocket Propellant
Discover the four main hazards or stimuli that scientists test and evaluate when developing rocket propellant.
[The Ares rockets were part of NASA's Constellation Program which ended in 2010. Despite the policy change, this movie shows real-world
Running time 01:57 minutes
Guitar Pickups and Electromagnetism
Guitar Pickups and Electromagnetism
A guitar pickup is a device that acts as a transducer (a device that receives a signal in the form of one type of energy and converts it to a signal in another form) that captures mechanical vibrations and converts them to an electrical signal.
Running time 02:18 minutes
The Heavy Lifter of the Constellation Program
The Heavy Lifter of the Constellation Program
Learn about the vehicle that is going to be "the largest launch vehicle that the world has ever seen" in this two-minute clip about Ares V.
Running time 02:07 minutes
Indicator Species
Indicator Species
Indicator species are used as an early warning of pollution or degradation in an ecosystem.
Running time 01:55 minutes
 Measuring in Different Units of Weight
Measuring in Different Units of Weight
It is important to measure the size of the animal and understand how each animal’s size and unique needs relate to the area or capacity of its enclosure.
Running time 02:02 minutes
Measuring Length, Capacity & Temperature
Measuring Length, Capacity & Temperature
It is important to measure the size of the animal and understand how each animal’s size and unique needs relate to the area or capacity of its enclosure.
Running time 01:13 minutes
The Protective Insulation on the Ares I First Stage
The Protective Insulation on the Ares I First Stage
The rocket propellant in the Ares I First Stage burns at 5600 degrees Fahrenheit. The rocket's metal case would melt rapidly if it weren't protected somehow--find out how they do it.


Running time 02:02 minutes
Rocket Roll Control
Rocket Roll Control
Learn more about how rockets are kept from spinning and can stay pointed in the right direction during a launch.
Running time 01:54 minutes
Rocket Stages & Separation During Launch
Rocket Stages & Separation During Launch
Get a closer look at the stages of the Ares I rocket and how they will function during a launch.
Running time 02:15 minutes
The Salt Marsh Ecosystem
The Salt Marsh Ecosystem
The Salt Marsh Ecosystem serve many important functions. They buffer stormy seas, slow shoreline erosion, and provide vital food and habitat for sea life, as well as offering shelter and nesting sites for several species of migratory birds.
Running time 02:21 minutes
Two Basic Types of Testing Development & Qualification
Two Basic Types of Testing Development & Qualification
There are two basic types of testing when developing a new space launch system: development & qualification. Find out more and see examples of both in this two-minute clip.
Running time 02:21 minutes
Using Alloys in Spacecraft Development
Using Alloys in Spacecraft Development
Learn what an alloy is and why alloys are so important in vehicle development and manufacturing.
Running time 01:57 minutes
Wireless Power Calculation for the Space Solar Power Concept
Wireless Power Calculation for the Space Solar Power Concept
Space solar power expert, John Mankins, explains the equation behind the physics of wireless power transmission.
Running time 02:59 minutes
Forest and Micro-climates
Forest and Micro-climates
Reforestation - an example of micro-climates.
Running time 1:54 minutes
Maria Bualat
Maria Bualat
Maria Bualat describes what she does as an engineer for NASA Ames Research center in Mountain View California. Hear her talk about her passion and how she got started in engineering.
Running time 2:52 minutes

Algebra In The Real World DVD With Lesson Plans

Algebra in the Real WorldThe short movies from this DVD will inspire and motivate your students. These movies give a purpose for studying Algebra and related concepts. Show your students the excitement, the power, the range and the results of the applications of algebra in fascinating career fields. DVD comes with 18 popular movies and downloadable lesson plans.

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