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Virtual Field Trip
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Virtual Field Trip Interface

About Virtual Field Trip

The Virtual Field Trip is an immersive multimedia application developed to support student and user exploration of areas on Earth that have been identified as analog sites to regions on Mars. Analog sites are those areas that share some common traits with sites on Mars and have been identified based on their significance and importance to NASA.

Within the application, users are taken from a global view directly down to a surface view of a site. They are then seamlessly placed into a 360 degree spherical virtual reality surface panorama of that location. Next users navigate around the site selecting various objects and scientists to learn more about how and why this site was chosen, how it relates to Mars, and why it is of interest. The environment consists of various linked 360 degree spherical stitched virtual reality environments, 3D based layered environments, global fly downs, as well as compressed streaming video files within each area of research.

*Virtual Field Trip was created by NASA in collaboration with the Macquarie University at Sydney, the Australian Centre for Astrobiology and the ICT Innovations Center at Macquarie University.

Highlights

  • VFT is a free, educational software download of immersive, complete Spherical interactive panoramas
    to transport users into remote and exciting locations to view and listen to scientists as they work.
  • New visual data from the Outback of Western Australia.
  • A new online database links users to additional exciting multimedia resources and content.
  • New data from other Mars analog sites are coming shortly, so be sure to bookmark
    this page and come back soon!


Download the Program


PC Users:
  VFTPC.zip (1000MB) (Broadband connection highly recommended for download).
(Unzip the compressed file and double-click on VFTpc.exe to launch the program).
Mac Users:
  VFTMac.sit (1000MB) (Broadband connection highly recommended for download)
(Unstuff the compressed file and double-click on VFTmac to launch the program).


Additional Field Trip Locations for DVD version only:
  VFTPCxtra.zip (400MB) PC(Broadband connection highly recommended for download).
  VFTMacxtra.sit (400MB) Mac OS X(Broadband connection highly recommended for download).
To add additional location sets to the Virtual Field Trip: Choose platform and download zip or sit file, uncompress, read ReadMe.txt and drag files to correct folder. Enjoy the new locations.


 




"What's the Difference?" and "Solar System Math"

What's the Difference interface

About "What's the Difference?"
“What’s the Difference?” (WTD) is a free multimedia software application that facilitates scientific analysis by allowing virtually any pictures, graphics, animations, and movies to be compared side by side. The application includes three ready-made data sets: Solar System, Moon Math, and Pilbara. The WTD Solar System dataset contains comparisons of the planets and major moons within our solar system, and the WTD Moon Math dataset compares various geometric shapes in terms of area, volume, and proportion. The WTD Pilbara dataset contains comparisons between modern and ancient environments on Earth and Mars.
WTD is also a robust and flexible in-depth authoring tool that allows users to create their own data comparisons related to any desired topic. Using the WTD template, users can upload graphical, animated, interactive, textual, and audio-formatted content into the categories and attributes grid and then supplement their data with customized multiple choice and summary assessment tests.

About "Solar System Math"
“Solar System Math” is a series of four classroom lessons centered on pre-algebra topics such as measurement, unit conversion, ratio and proportion, scale, data analysis, and data representation. The downloadable software application, What’s the Difference, supports the lessons with engaging multimedia that accurately illustrates the size, distance, and composition of the bodies in our solar system as well as key concepts such as transfer orbit and synodic period. By exploring key attributes of our solar system’s planets and major moons, students decide where humans should next explore. These lessons were developed in response to a needs-assessment conducted for the NASA Explorer Schools and are aligned with national math standards for grades 5-8. The lessons and What’s the Difference software nicely blend science and math through quality hands-on investigations, multimedia, and paper-and-pencil activities.

 

"Solar System Math" Lessons
Lesson 1 Comparing Size and Distance
  Student Workbook
  Workbook Answer Guide
  Teacher Guide

Lesson 2 Comparing Mass, Gravity, Composition and Density
  Student Workbook
  Workbook Answer Guide
  Teacher Guide

Lesson 3 Comparing Planetary Travel Distances
  Student Workbook
  Workbook Answer Guide
  Teacher Guide

Lesson 4 Analyzing Payload Size and Cost
  Student Workbook
  Workbook Answer Guide
  Teacher Guide

Solar System Math Resources
  Educator Guide
  Unit Overview (jpg)
  Hike The Solar System Movie (2-minute movie for Lesson 1)

Download "What's the Difference?
PC Users: WTDPC.zip (130MB)
Mac Users: WTDMac.sit (130MB)

 

 




Moon Math

What's the Difference interface





















Moon Math Interface

About Moon Math

Moon Math is a software application where users investigate lunar habitat design through learning the mathematical concepts of area, volume and proportion using geometric shapes.

Moon Math is also a robust and flexible in-depth authoring tool that enables users to update or expand the dataset using graphical, animated, interactive, textual and audio-formatted content, customized multiple choice and summary assessment tests.

Lesson Plans
Unit 1

Teacher Guides

Case Study 1 Teacher Guide with Answers (612KB pdf)
Case Study 2 Teacher Guide with Answers (612KB pdf)
Case Study 3 Teacher Guide with Answers (64KB pdf)

Student Workbooks

Case Study 1 Student Workbook (688KB pdf)
Case Study 2 Student Workbook (628KB pdf)
Case Study 3 Student Workbook (28KB pdf)

Unit 2

Teacher Guides and Student Workbooks

Case Study 1 Computing Human Weight on the Moon (124KB pdf)
Case Study 2 Optimizing Cargo Hold Volume on a Lunar Mission (104KB pdf)
Case Study 3 Optimizing Cargo Weight on a Lunar Mission (116KB pdf)

Bios & More

Access the biographies of NASA Mission Specialists

Learn more about NASA's missions to the Moon and beyond


Download the Program

PC Users:
  Moon_Math_PC.zip (57MB)
Mac Users:
  Moon_Math_MAC.sit (56MB)

 

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NASA Official: Liza Coe
Last Updated: Sep 2006
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