Objectives and Standards for Barbara Morgan: No Limits
This 50-minute documentary, narrated by actor Sean Astin, can be viewed in its entirety, or you may want to have your students watch it in two parts.
View the entire documentary online, or check with your local librarian. Thanks to the support from our generous sponsors, every junior high school and public library in Idaho received a copy of this video in February 2009.
When using this video in the classroom, a good place to pause for discussion is at 29:30, at the end of Morgan’s launch into space.
If you have another class period, you can either continue the video from that point, or refresh your students’ memory by starting it before the launch at 23:30, and continuing to the end of the video at 48:48. (Credits are at 46:53.)
Objectives of the student video
Grade Level: 7-12
Subject Areas: Civics, Science, U.S. History
Estimated Time Needed: One 50-minute class period if only the first half of the video is shown; two class periods if the whole video is shown.
"I shot straight up and said, "Wow!" she said. "Because as teachers, we’re always looking for opportunities to bring the world to our classroom."
In her application, Morgan stressed her method of active teaching, which meant incorporating her own life into her lessons. In order to educate the children about space, she said, she needed to experience it. "I want to get some stardust on me," she wrote.
Out of 11,000 applicants, Barbara Morgan was named the runner-up to New Hampshire teacher Christa McAuliffe, and trained alongside her. But after McAuliffe’s death on the shuttle Challenger in January, 1986, NASA cancelled the Teacher-in-Space program.
"It looked to me personally that Barbara Morgan would never get a chance to fly," said Bill Harwood, a veteran CBS space reporter.
But history would dictate another course. Using rare footage, photos and internal documents, as well as interviews with Morgan, her friends, colleagues, students and family, "No Limits" shows how Barbara became a full-fledged astronaut, and then overcame additional challenges, including the loss of another shuttle crew. On August 8, 2007, Morgan and her six crewmates blasted off in the Shuttle Endeavour, the beginning of a 13-day mission to the International Space Station.
From a 32-year old school teacher to a 55-year old astronaut, Morgan had finally achieved her dream. "Yes, actually I did get some stardust on me. We all got some stardust on us," she said.
These standards are compiled from K-12 benchmarks suggested by McRel (Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning) at http://www.mcrel.org/standards-benchmarks/
Standard One: Life Skills: Self-regulation
Standard Two: Life Skills: Working with others
Standard Three: People in Science: Understands the scientific enterprise
Standard Four: Science: Understands Forces and Motion
Standard Five: Science: Earth’s Atmosphere
Standard Six: Science: Understands the composition and structure of the universe and the Earth's place in it