Microsoft's education arm and NASA have joined forces to get students excited about space.

The jointly-created lesson plans, available online and geared towards middle school and high school students, use academic concepts and hands-on learning to inspire interest in the area.

The eight online lesson plans range from titles such as "Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts' feet in microgravity" to designing your own space station.

The curriculum includes 3D design challenges, virtual-reality experiences and data-analysis lessons.

Most of the courses require three or four 50-minute time commitments and can cost between $2 to $3 per each student.

In "Analyzing the astronauts' photos of Earth to predict climate change," students will learn the hexadecimal numbering system to find out how computers represent color.

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