NFB Space School: An Interactive Learning Experience in Collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) Space School is an innovative new way of teaching science to students in grades 6 through 9. (Credit: NFB)

On April 22, 2013, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) launched its NFB Space School, an innovative new way of teaching science to students in grades 6 through 9. Using cutting-edge presentation tools, compelling interactive learning modules and virtual classrooms, NFB Space School will revolutionize how students learn about astronomy, astrobiology, history and robotics, in addition to helping them discover leadership skills.

Chris Hadfield discussing with a group of grade 6 students. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

This special initiative will give educators unique access to Canadian astronauts, including Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), since March 2013. Incorporating pedagogical concepts entitled "Show Me," "Let Me Try" and "Quiz Me," NFB Space School will make your students feel like fellow crew members in Hadfield's historic five-month mission, giving them front-row seats for the final preparations, the launch into space, life aboard the ISS, and the return to earth.

Hadfield's command of the ISS is to science what the 2010 Vancouver Olympics were to sports fans; NFB Space School represents an opportunity to combine patriotism with science, and it offers a perfect interactive complement to your existing curriculum. The live component of NFB Space School will be available free of charge, and users can explore the high-quality teaching materials available on the site as they follow Hadfield's off-earth adventure.

Full details are available at http://spaceschool.nfb.ca/.