NASA, Khan Academy collaborate to bring STEM opportunities to online learners

May 29, 2014
Kim Lichtenberg, a scientist and engineer who works on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover missions, introduces the learning tutorials developed by Khan Academy in collaboration with NASA.

NASA and Khan Academy, a non-profit educational website, today debuted a series of online tutorials designed to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The announcement of the new collaborative effort was made today at the 6th annual White House Science Fair.

The interactive education lessons invite users to become actively engaged in the scientific and mathematical protocols that NASA uses everyday to measure our universe, to explore the exciting engineering challenges involved in launching and landing spacecraft on Mars, and to learn about other space exploration endeavors and destinations.

Exciting and realistic simulations, challenges and games transport students deep into STEM subjects, blending NASA's expertise with Khan Academy's compelling approach to online self-paced learning. The innovative collaboration on this pilot program began last summer with NASA supplying technical content and subject matter experts to ensure authenticity of the learning experiences and Khan providing proven expertise in delivering interactive online learning experiences for millions of learners worldwide.

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1 / 5 (3) May 29, 2014
This is dangerous! Knowledge makes kids stop believing in God.

Hurry, baptize them! Before they start to think.
Uncle Ira
3 / 5 (2) May 29, 2014
Anything that makes the Little-Skippys more interested in the sciences and the mathematics got to be good thing, yes? And it ain't like they are asking for a pile of money to see if this works a lot. My own Little-Ira-Skippy does some of those Khan videos and he seems to like doing them. Teaming up with NASA will probably make them even more interesting to him.
Uncle Ira
2.3 / 5 (3) May 29, 2014
@ P.S. For everybody. I was to slow to change that up there so I ask you Skippys to help me. The Little-Ira-Skippy get mad with me if he sees I call him the Little-Ira-Skippy on the public forum. He is the 12 year old now and not so little anymore. If you run across him don''t tell what ol Ira wrote with "Little" please, it would hurt his feelings and make him mad with me.

Thanks and Merci, you can go back to slapping me again now.
5 / 5 (1) Jun 11, 2014
Khan Academy has been a huge success and I have used it for years myself. Sal Khan is a genius and no question a good teacher. We need to start science and math off early in the school years. Physics terminology and fundamental concepts for all. Many of which are misunderstood until the college level. Like the differences between velocity, speed, and acceleration. Many adults don't understand the difference. Making it interesting is part of the success of teaching.
Whydening Gyre
5 / 5 (2) Jun 11, 2014
This is dangerous! Knowledge makes kids stop believing in God.

Hurry, baptize them! Before they start to think.

Hey - Zues. Sarcasm might be indicative of knowledge...:-)