National Institute of Aerospace

May 4, 2017

Team Mission

NASA eClips is a web-based STEM literacy and content knowledge provider. NASA eClips provides proven, effective, standards-aligned in-school and out-of-school learning and teaching resources, and real-world connections to NASA subject matter experts to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

  • We put into practice the belief that all students need and deserve STEM literacy and to become proficient using STEM practices.
  • We design and develop web- based resources that enable integrative STEM educators to deliver instruction that increases science literacy through confronting identified science misconceptions.
  • We build networks of educators motivated to bring high-quality NASA resources into their planning and teaching for the benefit of their students.
  • We provide a venue and resources for students to engineer solutions to problems and empower student-centered learning. Our products, outreach and training are based on research and evidence-based justifications.


What does your team hope to achieve?

NASA eClips is building on its reputation and brand as a trusted multi-media STEM educational web resource by creating new, engaging products that excite learning and engage curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and math—through the lens of NASA people, programs, research, and missions. Informed by best-practice research and the project’s current quasi-experimental study, NASA eClips is focused on identifying teacher and learning needs, and developing evidence-based interventions which help correct common science misconceptions and improve scientific literacy among youth.

Strategies include:

  • Building, aggregating and disseminating a dynamic set of web-based learning assets that can be used to model student-centered, design-based planning and teaching for formal and informal learning environments.
  • Motivating educators to incorporate the design approach to planning and teaching.
  • Building an awareness of effective methods to confront student misconceptions.
  • Employing research based peer-to-peer teaching and learning to address a targeted education gap on confronting science misconceptions.


Student Videos

Watch NASA Spotlite videos produced by students for students! The video, “NASA Spotlite: Atmosphere,” was produced by students at Arlington Tech (Arlington Public Schools in Texas). Arlington Tech uses an interdisciplinary approach in production of the videos. Chemistry students perform the background research on the topic and then pass the research onto English students to draft scripts. Media students review the drafted scripts, select the one they wish to produce, and then film, edit, and complete production of the video.

Project Web Site

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The first rule for teaching is to know your audience. Assessment begins with knowing the audience's needs, and then continually checking to be sure those needs are being met. We must maintain our emphasis on continual reflection and seek feedback from the students and teachers we are serving. Our measuring stick should be “what is best for students and teachers?”