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NASA eClips is a NASA-supported project that brings together exciting video segments and resources with educational best practices to inspire and educate students to become 21st Century explorers.

NASA eClips serves the national K-12 educational community by introducing students to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts and providing teachers with engaging resources and tools to support teaching and learning. Developed in 2008, NASA eClips offers free educational resources for teachers to use to complement their curriculum. Educational material for this program is selected based on national curriculum standards including the Common Core State Standards – Mathematics (CCSS-M), the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Standards for Technological Literacy (defined by the International Technology Engineering Education Association (ITEEA), and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The National Institute of Aerospace works with NASA to continue to provide relevant and engaging science content and access to subject matter experts (SMEs). Though primarily developed with the formal K-12 classroom audience in mind, NASA eClips also provides resources to increase understanding of NASA science to lifelong learners, non-formal audience, and the general public. Professional development opportunities are delivered to demonstrate best practices using newly developed resources to address student misconceptions in science, as identified by national assessment sources.

This website is based upon work supported by NASA under award No. NNX16AB91A.

Technical Advisory Board and Educator Advisory Board

Technical Advisory Board

Dr. Lisa Brown
Associate Professor

Lisa is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of the School of Teaching and Learning at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas. Prior to joining SHSU, Lisa worked as an Aerospace Education Specialist at Penn State University and was assigned to the Educational Programs Office at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. She was responsible for conducting workshops for teachers and administrators in schools, colleges, and universities, as well as providing lecture demonstration programs for students. Lisa began her science teaching career in Alief Independent School District, working with at-risk students. She holds a Texas Composite Science Teaching Certificate for grades 6-12. She earned her doctorate in Applied Educational Studies - Aviation and Space Education, at Oklahoma State University, her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. Lisa holds memberships in the National Science Teaching Association, Science Teachers Association of Texas, Texas Association for Environmental Education, Texas Earth Science Teachers Association (lifetime member). She is a Teacher Liaison for the Space Foundation, JPL Solar System Ambassador, NASA GPM Earth SySTEM Ambassador, CDC Science Ambassador Fellow, Aerospace Education Officer of the Civil Air Patrol in College Station, Texas, and is a Texas Certified Environmental Educator and a National Geographic Certified Educator.

Dr. Misty Carty
Museum Educator

Misty has been a formal and nonformal science educator for over 20 years. She is currently the Early Childhood and Traveling Exhibits Museum Educator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science. She runs the production, filming, and editing of the Museum’s story time, where she emphasizes that learning science is like learning a language, introducing the Museum’s youngest patrons to scientific inquiry at an early age. Misty also develops educational materials and programs for traveling exhibits temporarily on display at the Museum. Before transitioning to museum education, Misty was a professor of Physics & Astronomy at McKendree University and Marymount University. She is also a children's science author, having published three stories about observing the phases of the Moon, eclipses, and why we have seasons. Misty earned a bachelor's degree in physics from McDaniel College and a master's and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to her work at the Museum, Misty is involved with the Albuquerque Astronomical Society, New Mexico Out of School Time Network, New Mexico Science Fiesta, and the New Mexico State Department of Cultural Affairs Ask an Educator program and advisory board.

Dr. Martin Horejsi
Associate Professor

Martin Horejsi is Associate Professor of Instructional Technology and Science Education at the University of Montana. In his work with teachers on the methods of teaching science, the importance of space exploration has become a central theme providing context to many other scientific fields of study. Martin has been designing space science curriculum, presenting to schools, and promoting space in public forums as a Solar System Ambassador. He has been working with NASA and the JPL on space science education and public outreach for over two decades. Mars and small bodies of the solar system have been his particular focus. He has worked directly with the STARDUST Mission, Deep Impact, the Mars Rovers, Cassini, Mars Odyssey, Stardust NeXT, and MESSENGER among others. Martin has been publishing an online column about meteorites and planetary geology for 20 years. When he was a middle and high school teacher in the 1990s, Martin was deeply involved in space science education and pioneering meteorite and planetary geology curriculum. He was also a member of the first NASA Educator Astronaut Selection Committee in 2003 (formally the Teacher in Space program). In 2011, he was honored with the ceremonial membership of the Guardians of the Ensisheim Meteorite, receiving the honor in France. Martin was a regular columnist for the National Science Teaching Association’s journal The Science Teacher before becoming the NSTA Blog’s Lead Technology Reviewer. He has also served two terms on the board of the Northwest Council for Computers in Education, where he worked on many grants and projects in science education.

Stephanie McMahon
Museum Educator Accessibility and Inclusion Specialist

As a museum educator and accessibility and inclusion specialist, Stephanie leads Space Center Houston’s efforts to create an educational destination for people of all abilities to experience the wonder of human space exploration. Stephanie is a certified teacher and autism specialist with many years of experience in both formal and nonformal education. She uses that experience to coordinate the Center’s accessibility-focused initiatives and events, to collaborate with nonprofit organizations with unique needs, and to train employees and volunteers in best practices to welcome and accommodate people with a variety of abilities. Stephanie was named an Autism Warrior by Autism Parenting Magazine and earned the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for her work inspiring children with disabilities and connecting young adults with disabilities to the possibilities of careers in the world of aerospace engineering. Stephanie believes that STEM is a pathway open to everyone and that the sky is not the limit! Stephanie shares her time and expertise with the National Federation of the Blind, Houston Museum Education Network, Houston Museum Accessibility Network, American Alliance of Museums, International Society of Technology Education (conference presenter), Association of Science and Technology Centers (member and repeat presenter), and Space Exploration Educators Conference (member and repeat presenter).

Patrick Neary
Middle and High School Visual Arts and Design Teacher

Patrick is the middle and high school visual arts and design teacher at Khan Lab School in Mountain View, California. Patrick holds a B.F.A. from the School of Art/Design at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a master’s degree in Digital Media and Learning from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. His arc as an educator started at the college level, teaching computer graphics to adult learners who wanted professional careers in feature film production. Patrick has earned production credits on twenty-eight feature films. He has taught maker-space innovation for K-8; and traditional fine arts, design, and digital arts at the middle and high school levels. He is also a long-standing member of the Visual Effects Society. Patrick has deep interests in natural history and science, the diversity of living things, and the environment.

Educator Advisory Board

Jennifer Childress
High School Science Teacher

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Science from Humboldt State University in 1995. She has taught for 12 years, all in the state of Alaska. She began her teaching career in the smallest school district and now finds herself in the largest school district – the Anchorage School District – where she teaches physics at AJ Dimond High School. Jennifer loves helping students realize their potential through connecting physics to the world around them. In addition to teaching, Jennifer works on the physics curriculum for her school district. As a result of her excellence as a science educator, Jennifer was honored to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math & Science Teaching in 2017. Outside the classroom, she serves as a NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassador.

Judy Deichman
Instructional Specialist for School Libraries

Judy currently serves as the Instructional Specialist for School Libraries in Richmond City Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Library Media K-12. Judy holds a master's degree in education as well as a library endorsement from Longwood University. She has served as a librarian for 11 years and loves sharing resources and books with students. Her goal is to build a culture of reading and a love of literature. Judy is the President Elect of the Virginia Association of School Librarians, and an active member of the American Association of School Librarians, American Library Association, Future-Ready Librarians, and the Virginia Society for Technology Education. She is the mother of 5 children and loves to garden and read in her spare time.

Heather Grimaldi
Museum Educator

Heather is the Education Programs Manager for Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena, CA. She has been with the Museum since 2015, when she started as a Floor Programs Educator. In 2018, she was promoted to Education Specialist, and in 2019 became the Education Programs Manager where she develops school, Girl Scout, early learner and after school programs in addition to camps. Prior to coming to the Museum, Heather worked in formal education classrooms for more than 20 years. She has taught preschool, served as a classroom aid for kindergarten through second grades, taught 5th and 6th grade science, and spent her last nine years working with special needs preschool students. Heather is a member of the Southern California Informal Science Educators organization. She and her husband both grew up in Los Angeles county where they have raised their two children.

Jonathan Ishii
Elementary and Middle STEM Teacher

Jonathan is a proud first-generation college graduate who earned his bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. He went on to receive a master’s degree in education from Santa Clara University School of Education & Counseling Psychology. Jonathan currently serves as a fifth-grade and middle school STEM teacher in San Jose, California. He enjoys being active, coaching, amplifying student learning, and supporting other teachers with technology education training. Jonathan is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling First-Gen Teacher Network, and Nearpod Educator Network. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys cooking, sports, hanging out with friends, traveling, and going on new hikes and adventures.

Steve Jones
Middle School STEM Teacher

Steve has been in education for 17 years and has taught students from age 3 to 8th grade. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from Berea College and an M.A. in Teaching from Brenau University. Steve currently teaches STEAM/Science Enrichment at Hopewell Middle School in Milton, Georgia. He also serves as a Principal Investigator with Magnitude.io on their Exolab 8 experiment which will fly to the International Space Station in February 2021. Steve’s students have engaged in several project-based learning activities including Exolab-6 and 7, Leguminaut Challenge, Tomatosphere, and the Space Chile Pepper Challenge. In addition to inspiring kids in the classroom, he is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, bringing his love of science to the community through presentations at schools and libraries. He is certified by Johnson Space Center to obtain and use their Lunar Sample and Meteorite Sample Disks. Steve enjoyed presenting a session on using coding and droids in the classroom at the 2019 Star Wars Celebration convention in Chicago. He served as Scoutmaster for his son’s BSA troop and is a merit badge counselor for Space Science and Astronomy. In 2012, Steve was awarded the Teacher of the Year award for Abbotts Hill Elementary.

M. Isaiah Marriner
High School Science and Technology Teacher

Isaiah teaches Honors Physics and Principles of Technology at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Virginia. In addition, he coaches the FIRST Robotics Competition team 3359, better known as Royal Robotics. Isaiah graduated from North Carolina A&T with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in history. He made the transition to education from engineering due to his desire to help people grow. He is a firm believer that “charity starts at home,” so he returned to his hometown to find ways to motivate, elevate, and educate those coming up after him. As a result of his dedication and efforts, Isaiah was honored with the “Rising Community Leader Award” given by the Urban League of Hampton Roads. Outside of his professional pursuits, Isaiah is an author, poet, event host, and public speaker. He is passionate about his own growth, but more importantly the growth of his community and tries to weave that into the fabric of his life.

Leslie Kneipfer
Elementary STEM Teacher

Leslie currently serves as the STEM teacher for William S. Greene Elementary in Fall River, Massachusetts.  Her students use a problem-based learning approach that requires constructing, testing, and evaluating the products they design.  Just as engineers, her students’ learning is iterative in nature – they learn from what doesn’t work, then go back and redesign. Leslie loves watching the gears turn as her students brainstorm and tinker to find ways to make their designs better.  Leslie is also a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol where she is a member of the emergency services flight crew and the Aerospace Education Officer for her squadron.  In this capacity, she teaches aerospace education to high school students on the weekends. She was recently selected to serve as the External Aerospace Education Officer for the state and works to provide aerospace education resources to teachers across Massachusetts.  She loves all things space-related and has wanted to be an astronaut since sixth grade when her teacher, Mr. Fandel, first rolled the TV into her classroom to watch shuttle launches.

Shelly Munoz
Middle School Science Teacher

Shelly has been a science educator for over twenty years, primarily as a middle school science teacher. She earned her master’s degree in science education at California Baptist University. Shelly is passionate about education and currently teaching at Pierz Healy High School in Pierz, MN. In addition, she serves as a STEM consultant and is founder of a non-profit organization that holds summer STEM camps for underserved youth around the world. Shelly is a space and brain research enthusiast and loves to instill the joy of lifelong learning in her students. She is a NASA Solar System Ambassador, MAVEN Ambassador, and Heliophysics Ambassador. 

Roni Pavick
Elementary and Middle School Art, STEAM and Astronomy Teacher

Roni is an educator with over 30 years of teaching experience, both nationally and internationally. She currently teaches Art, STEAM and Astronomy at the Mary Lyon K-12 School in Boston, Massachusetts. As an interdisciplinary educator and a creative curriculum designer, she has helped to develop a STEAM program for Boston Public Schools. Roni holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Florida State University and a master’s degree in education studies from Oxford University. She also partners with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, teaching astronomy and leading a youth astronomy network program. Roni shares her time and expertise as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. She enjoys creating joyful learning opportunities for students and helping them reach their full potential.

Melissa Sleeper
Middle School Science and Robotics Teacher

Melissa is a Nationally Board-Certified educator currently teaching 8th grade science, marine science, and robotics at Storm Grove Middle School in Vero Beach, FL. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of Maryland, a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University.  Melissa has taught in both private and public schools in Grenada, Barbados, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and the United States. She was selected as the 2018-19 Teacher of the Year for Gifford Middle School and was a district level finalist for teacher of the year. An active member of the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), she has served on a number of committees and advisory boards including: The Advisory Board for Science and Children; the Preschool and Elementary Science Committee, the NSTA Special Needs Advisory Board, the Aerospace Advisory Board, and the International Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the board of the National Middle Level Science Teachers Association. Melissa volunteers as an Education Ambassador for NASA’s MAVEN program and as a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. She is the K-12 STEM Officer for the Cape Canaveral Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics. Melissa also serves on the Infiniscope Education Advisory Board.

Mellissa Smith
Online ESL Teacher and Homeschool Educator

Mellissa is currently an English as a Second Language homeschool teacher and mentor with the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. She has served as a homeschool teacher for almost 20 years. Mellissa holds a B.S. in Anthropology. Prior to her current position, Mellissa served as the Director of Children’s Programs and Children’s librarian, where she specialized in creating STEM curricula for the area’s youth ranging in age from preschool to high school. She has also served as a teaching assistant in social and behavioral science, and as a homeschool co-op science teacher. In addition, she worked as a contractor with local governments on the advancement of rural economics and environmental impact projects, collaborated with global organizations as an anthropologist specializing in seeking potential unforeseen consequences for global development projects, and as a lab assistant at the Biological Anthropology Stable Isotope Facility. Mellissa has a passion for space, education, and lifelong learning and has served as a STEM program creator for local afterschool programs. She has TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Oxford Certifications and is working on TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification.

Amelia Tangeman
Educator NASA Nebraska Space Grant

Amelia is a nonformal educator for the NASA Nebraska Space Grant, located at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She holds a master's degree in elementary education with a concentration in STEM education and has previously taught 3rd and 4th grade for Omaha Public Schools. Serving in the interconnected roles of classroom teacher, museum educator, STEM outreach coordinator, adjunct professor in teacher education, and educator with the NASA Nebraska Space Grant has shaped Amelia as an educator. She has participated in numerous NASA educator professional development experiences, including NASA's Pre-Service Teacher Institute in 2010 at Johnson Space Center and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Academy for Educators in 2011. She participated in the 2013 NASA Spaceflight Explorers cohort, and the Liftoff Summer Institute in 2015. In addition, she is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador, NASA MAVEN Educator Ambassador and NASA Heliophysics Educator Ambassador.

Dan Vasen
Elementary Principal

Dan is the Elementary Principal of the Oregon Charter Academy, a virtual public school in Oregon. He holds a master’s degree in teaching from Lewis & Clark College and a bachelor's degree in aquatic biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has served as the administrator at Oregon Charter Academy for the past eight years where he is currently providing high school students with authentic career and technical education opportunities through the ASCEND Career and Technical Education Program. He is in the second year of a school partnership with the James P. Loftus Mobile Museum to provide monthly astronomy, space science and engineering assemblies via the Remote and Distant Interactive Online Sessions streamed real time by NASA from the Space Center in Houston. Prior to serving in an administrative capacity, Dan excelled as a high school science teacher for over 20 years. He has an interest in all STEM-related fields.

Jessica van Son
Middle School Special Education Teacher

Jessica is a special education teacher at Cascade Middle School in Longview, Washington where she teaches English Language Arts, Math, and Social Emotional Skills. She holds a B.A. in Special Education and a M.A. in Instructional Technology. She has 30 years of experience working with exceptional learners. Jessica incorporates engineering and technology into her lessons because she believes all students should have access to STEM education. She strives to create a cross-curricular approach to learning that engages students through hands-on interactive learning. Jessica is a member of the National Education Association and other professional organizations that promote excellence in teaching and learning. While she has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Jessica’s biggest reward is seeing that “ah-ha” moment in a student’s eyes when he or she grasps a concept. In addition to her work in the classroom, Jessica has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States and the United Kingdom to attend and conduct professional learning experiences that further STEM education. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, playing multiple musical instruments, and singing.

Hilda Pereyo
STEM Curriculum Specialist, NASA Space Grant Consortium (Washington & Oregon)

Hilda currently serves as the STEM Curriculum Specialist for the NASA Space Grant Consortium in Washington and Oregon. She earned her Master of Arts in Education and has taught in both formal and nonformal K-12 settings since 2000.  She has served as an international aircraft delivery pilot and the Director of Education for the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum.  In her current position she focuses on K-12 STEAM & Aerospace curricula, teacher professional development, and program implementation and assessment.  As a member of the NASA Solar System Ambassadors, Hilda loves to collaborate and host community events to talk about NASA missions, discoveries and upcoming milestones in space science. When she is not teaching, Hilda volunteers as a pilot for various charity organizations and serves as the Aerospace Education Officer for the Oregon Civil Air Patrol. Hilda loves space sciences and believes the fun part of education is lifelong learning - going beyond classrooms and textbooks to make real world connections.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can NASA eClips™ enhance my students' learning experience?

    The video format arouses students' curiosity and encourages them to ask their own questions. By piquing student interest, NASA eClips™ encourages students to explore new topics on their own. Video segments can be used to determine students' depth of understanding. Students can produce their own NASA Spotlite video segments to demonstrate their understanding of science concepts gained during the production process.

  • How do I get these resources?

    Teachers, non-formal educators and families can access all NASA eClips™ products on the Internet. Video segments are available at http://www.youtube.com/NASAeClips. Video segments with additional teacher materials and program information are available at https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/. To learn more about the Spotlite student production challenge, email the NASA eClips team through the Contact Us link.

  • Do I need to register to use these resources?

    Registration is not needed to use NASA eClips™ materials. Materials are available on demand and free of charge to anyone with Internet access.

  • How do I use these resources with my students?

    Educator Guides utilizing NASA eClips™ related activities and educational best practices are available at https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/resources. New educator resources will be developed throughout the school year to accompany the video segments.

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Awards

2019 National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards: Informational / Instructional feature, segment, series. National Institute of Aerospace, “Carbon, Essential for Life on Earth, Explained by NASA Subject Matter Experts

2012 Davey Silver Award: In the educational category for the episode 'Real World: NASA Harnesses Half-Life'

2009 National Capital Chesapeake Bay Emmy Awards: Informational/ Instructional feature/segment. National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Launchpad.

The Accolade Video Awards: 2009 Award of Merit - Videography. National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Launchpad: Launch/Abort System, government/social agencies.

2009 Aegis Awards: Aegis Video and Film Production Awards. National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Launchpad.

2009 W3 Award: National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Launchpad: Fluid Dynamics - What a Drag!, writing category.

iParenting Media Award: 2009 Outstanding Television Product. National Institute of Aerospace, NASA eClips™.

Spring 2009 DV Awards (2 awards): National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Launchpad: Fluid Dynamics; National Institute of Aerospace, NASA Launchpad: Launch Abort System and g-Forces. An international competition recognizing outstanding achievement in digital video.