With a new distance-learning program called NASA STEM Mania, teachers and students can learn the science behind scoring a touchdown, throwing down a slam-dunk, or a hitting a home run.

NASA's Distance Learning Network (DLN) will present the two-week series Monday, Feb. 24, through Monday, March 10, and will give educators and students from kindergarten through 12th grade the opportunity to learn how NASA and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) play a role in sports.

NASA STEM Mania sessions will be held each Monday through Thursday, and will allow students and educators the ability to interact virtually with NASA subject matter experts on a variety of topics, such as the science of race car driving, how to use STEM to succeed in football, and basketball-specific engineering examples in the classroom. Sample highlights from the various sessions include: sports clips from the International Space Station; a special astronaut appearance; and how to become an Orion virtual crew member.

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Also: Read a Q&A with Leland Melvin, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education.