The videos are meant to be used as a supplement to classroom lessons, Graves said. The videos are relatively short, meaning they don't take up an entire class period and can be used to support concepts teachers are discussing in class, she said.
Steve Marks, the university's NASA education projects coordinator, said the videos are designed to foster an interest in science and math. By featuring researchers at NASA, he said, the videos show students how concepts they learn in the classroom apply to the real world.
OSU began producing the videos in 2010 as a part of a larger initiative called NASA Explorer Schools. The university has been involved with the larger program since 2003.
Promoting an interest in science and technology among middle and high school students is important, Marks said, because students who pursue those interests go on to work in high-demand fields such as engineering.