On This Day: Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster

Video clips show footage from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, an anniversary of the disaster, a report from the shuttle commission, and information about astronaut Christa McAuliffe. Young academics also learn how events like the outer tank explosion led to the shuttle disaster.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Pair clip four with a lesson on female leaders
  • Have learners create newspaper articles using information from the clips 
Classroom Considerations

  • A free C-SPAN classroom account is required in order to view clips
  • Create an account or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • The clips include archival news broadcasts of the disaster and its aftermath
  • Footage highlights different aspects of the event
Cons

  • None