Live From...the Stratosphere

I. General Information

Live from the Stratosphere is the second in an ongoing series of Passport to Knowledge electronic field trips. Wešve tried to incorporate the responses of teachers to Live from Antarctica, the first Module. Please take a few moments to tell us how you used the video, print and online components so that we can learn still more. Your feedback, and that of your students, is very important to us. Returning this form will also place you on our mailing list for future Modules. (A shorter evaluation form to be completed by your students follows.)

Your name:

Professional Status (e.g. teacher, principal, Library Media Specialist, etc.)

School/Contact Address:


Grade Level Taught:

  1. Number of Classes who participated:
    1. Number of Students:
    2. Number of Teachers:
  2. Check all subjects in which this project was used:

    General Science Biology

    Earth Sciences Physics

    Math Computers

    Language Social Studies

    Other If you answered Other:, please elaborate:

  3. Was the project used as a "Team Teaching" activity?

  4. Did your school/institution stage a special evening event (e.g. camp-in, "Star-Party", "Open-House")
  5. Did your school/institution connect with local astronomers, science museums, planetarium, etc. to support your activities?
  6. Please indicate yes or no to indicate your use of the various Project Components
    • Live videos
    • Teacher's Guide (print)
    • Other co-packaged print materials
    • On-line resources
    • Taped videos
    • NASA Space Based Astronomy
    • Hands-on "mini-kit" (poster, glasses)
    • 1-800 Hotline
  7. Were you able to integrate this project with your teaching goals?

II. Video Components

  1. Which program(s) did you and/or your students watch?
    • Science in the Stratosphere
    • The Jupiter Mission
    • Return to the Stratosphere
    • The Pre-Flight Briefing
    • Night Flight to the Stars
  2. Please indicate by checking your source for the videos:
  3. How many lessons did you give before students viewed the videos
  4. How many lessons did you spend on reflection/follow-up after the videos
  5. On a scale where 1 is lowest and 4 is highest, please rate the importance of the videos to the project, and rate their quality
    • Live Programs
    • Taped Programs
  6. Rate the importance of the Live aspect of the project
  7. The distribution of "Science in the Stratosphere" as a teacher resource/training tape before the first live program designed for students, was an innovation:
    • Did you use it for your own background
    • Did you show excerpts to your classes
    • Was it worthwhile
  8. Please describe the most important learning that your students gained from the video components?

III. Print Materials

  1. Rate the importance and quality of the teacher's guide, "mini-kit", and co-packaged NASA publications:

    Live From the Stratosphere Teacher's Guide (overall)

    Individual Guide Components

    Broadcast Information

    How to use and electronic field trip

    Program Overviews

    Classroom Activities

    Materials and Resource Lists

    Researcher Biographies

    Literary sidebars

    "How to Get On-Line"

    Interdisciplinary matrix and icons


    Co-packaged materials

    NASA Space Based Astronomy

    NASA Ames: Kuiper Fact Sheet

    Space Telescope Science Institute "Starcatcher"


    Spectrum glasses

    Diffraction grating

    Heat sensitive paper/cardboard

  2. Which classroom activities did you work on with your students? Please list all used, by page number in the Guide:

  3. Was there sufficient information to adapt the activities/material to the needs/grade level of your students?

  4. Please describe the most important learning that your students gained from the Print and "mini-kit" materials:

IV. ON-LINE Components

  1. Did you and/or your students use the On-line resources?

  2. Please check all on-line formats used: E-Mail Gopher Web

  3. How did you access the materials? NASA Quest NASA Spacelink PBS Online Other If you answered other, please elaborate:

  4. On a scale where 1 is lowest and 4 is highest, please rate the importance of the On-line components, and rate their quality:

    Informational Resources

    Teacher's Guide

    Guide in Spanish

    LFS Updates (newsletter)

    Interactive Opportunities

    Researcher Q&A (e-mail to and from the scientists)

    Field Journals/Logs

    Junior-LFS Field Journals/Logs


    On-line collaborative activities, (e.g. star counting)

  5. Did your students send questions to Researcher Q&A?

  6. Did your students incorporate the results of their work with On-line materials in their own presentations/reports?

  7. How would you rate the ease of use of the On-line materials?

  8. Please describe the most important learning that your students gained from use of the On-line materials:

Student Learning

  1. On a scale where 1 is Least Valuable and 4 is Most Valuable, please rate what kind of student learning resulted from the project:

    Factual Information

    Factual information about Astronomy

    Factual information about Aeronautics

    Factual information about Careers in Science

    Better understanding of basic scientific concepts

    Better understanding of the scientific process


    Increased interest in Science and Technology

    Increased interest in Career in Science or Technology

    Increased appreciation for teamwork

    Increased sense of Connectedness across distance


    Ability to use Computers and Telecommunications in schoolwork

    Ability to ask good questions and synthesize information

  2. Please describe the most valuable learning outcome you saw in your students:

Future Passport to Knowledge Modules

  1. If your students could take more electronic field trips, where would they most like to visit (indicate # of students)? Hubble Space Telescope

    Dinosaur Dig

    Amazon Rainforest

    Ocean Deep


    Return to Antarctica


    If you answered Other, please elaborate:

  2. What improvements can you suggest for future Passport to Knowledge Modules?

  3. Other groups are offering electronic field trips at varying costs per school/student-how much would you/your school pay for a Passport to Knowledge project such as Live from the Stratosphere?

  4. Questions? Please contact Passport to Knowledge: fax (908) 277-9590 or e-mail

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