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iMaginetic Space!
August 28, 2013



NASA partnered with the University of Virginia and the International Society of Technology Education (ISTE) to design and publish this new set of digital age resources for students and educators called, “iMAGINETICspace”. These resources are designed to encourage you and your students to work creatively and collaboratively through a study of science and engineering principles related to space weather and the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission.

The Student Transmedia Book (T-Book) is a digital age storybook designed to help students learn about the NASA’s MMS mission through a variety of inquiry and engineering based experiences. It includes experiment instructions, data collection tables, reflection activities, QR codes linking to MMS content all while encouraging the use of digital fabrication.

The Educators’ iBook Companion is a mobile resource for the iPad embedded with self-paced professional development tools, information, and resources for educators.

› Download: Teacher Guide iBook [631.8 mb ZIP]

› Download: Teacher Guide iBook [631.8mb iTunes]

› Download: Student Guide PDF [1.1 mb]

About the Student Transmedia Book (T-Book)

This digital age storybook is designed to help students learn about the NASA MMS mission through a variety of inquiry and engineering design methods including the use of digital fabrication. The story line uses a fictional character who takes your students on a journey to learn about magnetic reconnection, space weather, and the NASA missions designed to study it! 

What is a T-Book?

This book is the second Transmedia Book (T-Book) inspired by the Fab@school team at the University of Virginia. A T-book, is a standard print book that serves as a nexus for all of the physical objects and digital resources necessary for its telling. A T-book exists in both a physical and digital space, which facilitates the seamless transition between the two states. For example, the print version of a T-book can include Quick Response (QR) codes that link to videos and online simulations that extend the printed content in the book. Similarly, the electronic version of the T-book can contains links that allow students to fabricate physical objects depicted in the book. The creation of the physical objects can be done by hand, or it can be facilitated by digital fabrication, or the translation of digital designs into physical objects via 2D and 3D printing.

What is Digital Fabrication?

Digital Fabrication is a process by which students design objects using computer software and then are able to print them in three dimensions. This process happens by first printing the object on cardstock in a regular inkjet printer and then having the object cut and perforated by a second device. Students can then fold and manipulate the paper into the three dimensional shape they designed.

Learn more about 2D and 3D fabrication and software at: http://www.maketolearn.org/explore/tutorials/modelmaker/

Concepts, Standards and Assessments:

About the Educators’ iBook Companion:

The “Educators’ iBook Companion” is a mobile resource for the iPad embedded with self-paced professional development tools, information, and resources for educators. It adds a new timely multimedia dimension to learning by allowing users to explore tributary information that supplements knowledge and understanding of content presented in the student T-Book. The iBook authors created rich learning content embedded with text, audio, and video that is well suited for complex concepts or demonstrations. To ensure that educators have continued access to all of the resources and digital age instructional design strategies, this version of the iBook is designed to be used as an OFFLINE resource. As a result the file size is much larger than and offline iBook. However, once the iBook has been downloaded and installed on your iPad, no Internet connection is required. The iBook is embedded with:

  • Interactive content from NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission and Space Weather Action network websites
  • Tutorials that demonstrate how to modify extension activities for a broad range of students with various backgrounds and experience. (This broadens the range of student ages suitable for this instruction—making learning activities simpler for younger students and more complex for students who excel at the STEM disciplines.)
  • Lesson and experiment extensions that are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS).
  • Self-paced professional development tools for teachers seeking to enhance their digital age teaching skills.

iBook Download and Installation Instructions:

Until the iBook appears in the iTunes store (coming soon), there are several other ways to download and install the iBook on your iPad (2 or newer). Make sure your iPad’s software is up to date (iOS6 or higer) and that you have the appropriate applications to view the iBook.

Downloading the iBook Zip File on Your Computer:

  • Step 1: Click on the Teacher Guide iBook [631.8 mb ZIP] link..  
  • Step 2: Download the .ZIP file to your local machine in a location you can easily find.
    • Warning: This is a 602 mb file and may take a while to download.Save-as
    • On Windows Computers you will need an UnZip utility such as WinZip.  (Mac OSX should open this file natively.)
    • Extract the iBook file.
  • Step 3: Copy the iBook to your iTunes application
    • Open iTunes and click on Books
    • Drag and drop the iBook file into the iTunes window.
  • Step 4: Sync your iPad and add the iBook
    • Plug in your iPad to your computer
    • If the iBook doesn’t transfer by default configure your iPad settings to Sync the iBook under the Books tab.

Downloading the iBook ZIP File on Your iPad:

  • Step 1: Download an iPad app like iZIP that enables you to open a ZIP file on your iPad.
  • Step 2: Download the ZIP file containing the iBook (Educators’ iBook Companion [631.8 mb ZIP]. 
  • Step 3: After the file has been downloaded and unzipped, a window will prompt you to “Open in iBooks,” choose this option.
  • Step 4: If all of the above were completed successfully, you will see the new iMAGINETICspace iBook upon launch of the iBooks application.


The iMAGINETICspace Student Transmedia Book was a massive collaborative effort that was first conceived at the National Technology Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2011. The ideas were the collective effort of David Slykhuis, Troy Cline, David Thornburg, Cecilia Lenk, Randy Bell, Michael Spector, and Willy Kjellstrom.

David Slykhuis (Associate Professor, James Madison University) and Troy Cline (MMS E/PO Mission Lead, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) completed authoring the storyline and design activities to bring the book into its current form.

The iMAGINETICspace Educators iBook Companion resulted from an ongoing partnership between the MMS team and the International Society of Educational Technology (ISTE). We would like to give a special thanks to ISTE team members who brought the MMS iBook to life: Carolyn Sykora (ISTE – iBook Producer), Ben Smith (Red Lion Area High School Physics Teacher, EdTechInnovators consultant, iBook Author), Jared Mader (Director of Educational Technology, EdTechInnovators consultant, iBook Author).

Others deserving thanks for their time and effort working on the book:

  • From James Madison University: Casey Siron, Marc McCann, and Shelby Kardon.
  • From Harrisonburg City Schools: Carol Hall, Sarah Arenas, Ashley Lambert, Richard Frutuozo, Andy Jackson, and Amy Sabarre.
  • From the University of Virginia: Glen Bull, Daniel Tillman, and Crystal DeJaegher.
  • From Goddard Space Flight Center: The MMS Education and Public Outreach team including Thomas Moore, Guan Le and Mark Adrian.
  • Graphics and Layout: Jeff DeJaegher

What's next?

Stay tuned for new releases of the iBook for the SONY Reader, Nook and Kindle. Due to the large file size of the OFFLINE version, we’re also working on a new ONLINE version with links to all of the currently embedded videos. In the meantime, please let us know what you think of the Transmedia Book and/or the iBook on Facebook or by sending an email to Troy Cline.


This NASA Science iBook brings teachers the resources and digital age instructional design strategies to work creatively and collaboratively through their study of the MMS Mission.
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