NASA Educator Resource Guide Supports “Living in the Age of Airplanes” Film

Have you heard about the new film being released by National Geographic Studios called “Living in the Age of Airplanes”? Narrated by Harrison Ford and with music by “Avatar’s” James Horner, the film uses spectacular nature photography and aerial shots to highlight the astonishingly rapid advancements that have led to a world where 100,000 flights take off and land every day. The film begins showing at museums, science centers, and other IMAX or giant screen theatres on April 10, 2015.

In connection with the film, NASA Aeronautics has developed an educator guide with three sets of lessons that focus on the film’s themes — airplanes help us to travel faster, go farther, and make us more connected than ever before. With activities appropriate for Pre-K through grade 12, the lessons cover topics associated with the mathematics and physics of motion, the mathematics of map-mapping and air traffic control, and the economics of world trade by air cargo. The guide also provides multiple supplementary educational resources from NASA Aeronautics, links to ongoing NASA research, and even a storybook about flight.

To download the guide, visit

To read more about NASA’s collaboration with National Geographic, including a link to the latest list of film locations, visit

Please email any questions about the guide to Rebecca Vieyra at

Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith is Director of Technology for the College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University. In that role, he also directs The Adele & Dale Young Education Technology Center (The YETC) located in room 170 of the Education Building on Utah State University's Logan campus. The YETC is a combination student open­access computer facility, a K­12 curriculum materials library, a NASA Educator Resource Center for Utah, and a technology training center. Nathan served eight years (2004­2012) on the Board of Directors for the Utah Coalition for Education Technology (UCET) He was re­elected in 2014 to serve another two year term on the board. A former elementary school teacher, Nathan has taught students every age from young children to senior citizens. He has had the opportunity beginning in 2011 to train international high school teachers from all over the world about technology in education, through the U.S. State

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