Posts Tagged ‘space travel’

Explore Mars Now

May 30th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 30, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Explore Mars Now


Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)


Let your imagination soar as you explore this virtual tour of a simulated future Mars Mission Base Station. Using the currently available knowledge from experts around the world, this website seeks to “inspire learning about space sciences & technology through this web-based Mars Simulator”.

Choose from the following locations of the base camp to interactively explore:

  • Mars Base Layout
  • Base Exterior
  • Enter Base
  • Exit Base
  • Stair to Upper Level
  • Laboratory
  • EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity) Preparation
  • Airlock
  • Medical
  • Bunks
  • Galley
  • Wardroom
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Sample Port
  • Greenhouse
  • Pressurized Rover
  • Robot Rover
When arriving at the location, explanatory text is on the right side of the image. Examine the image using your mouse. When hovering over specific locations in the image, more information is revealed. Using the navigational commands at the bottom of the image, explore the location in different directions.

Before leaving the website, read the “Mission Overview” for a textural outline of the simulated Mars Mission on the website. Check out the “Mars Facts” for more information about Mars and select the “Links” option in the upper navigation bar for more information about Mars on other websites.

While manned exploration to Mars may be years in the future, this website will inspire students to take a look at the possibilities that lie in space travel and exploration.

Take Flight with this Virtual Tour

May 16th, 2014


It’s Friday, May 16, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


EAA AirVenture Museum


Age Range: All (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)


Presented by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), explore the exhibits of the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and discover the history of aviation. When arriving at the link above, choose your destination from:

  • Eagle Hangar
  • Pioneers of Flight
  • Pioneer Airport
  • Homebuilts & Van’s RV
  • SpaceShipOne
  • Innovations Gallery
  • Antiques & Classics
  • Air Racing & Aerobatics
  • KidVenture Gallery

Through the use of images and descriptive texts, examine planes of all kinds and learn about the history of aviation from balloon travel through space travel.

When you are finished exploring the exhibits, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Education & Resources”. When arriving at this page, from the left hand menu choose “Multimedia”, then select “Videos” to be taken to the EAA Video Player website. On this page you can view archived videos of events, aerobatics, instructional videos for building and flying planes, and an interesting video series called “Timeless Voices” which provides first-hand accounts of flying during combat and other various circumstances.

Take the history of flight to new heights with this website.

Free Solar System Science Fact Sheets!

September 10th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, August 28, 2012, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

8 Planets

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I stumbled across this UK-based website by accident, and am so glad I did!  It’s currently an ad-free site with free scientific fact sheets containing, “Everything You Ever Wanted To know About Our Solar System.”

When you get to the site you’ll see a scrolling screen that displays cartoon animations of the 8 planets in our Solar System along with an interesting fact about each one. Use the horizontal menu at the top of the page to explore the more content-rich information and fact sheets (that contain terrific photographs) archived under the headings:

  • The Sun
  • The Planets
  • The Moon
  • Dwarf Planets
  • Other Bodies(Asteroids, Meteors, Oort Clouds, etc.)
  • Astronomy(Astronomy, Galaxy, Gravity, etc.)
  • Space Exploration (Space Travel, Alien Life, etc.)

You can explore this information online, or print out the fact sheets to use offline. The facts are great conversation starters and may springboard your kids to want to learn much more.

Interestingly, I couldn’t find any information on this UK-based website that explains who sponsors the site. I didn’t find any notations or references for the source of the information either – even though it looks to be current and accurate. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the site and supervise all Internet use.

Just for Young Astronomers

May 3rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, May 3, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Star Child

Age Range: 6-13

NASA created this website to introduce kids to astronomy through colorful, animated pictures and interesting text accompanied by audio narration.

The site offers two levels of study for the same topics. Beginners start with level 1 and then progress to level 2 for more in-depth learning. Those who already know a little about the solar system and space can start with level 2. The topics explored in each level are:

*Solar System — A complete description of the solar system including the sun, planets, comets, asteroids, and more. Includes links to more facts, trivia, and includes some interactive Q & A. (Level 2 offers a movie courtesy of NASA.)

*Universe — Learn about galaxies, The Milky Way, stars, quasars, black holes, cosmology, and dark matter. Listen to a song about the Doppler effect. (Level 2 offers “Universe Activities” that include interactive puzzles and art.)
*Space Stuff — Great information on astronauts, space suits, space travel, space probes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and Who’s Who in Space — along with “Space Activities.”

This site also contains a link to “Imagine the Universe” which is designed for students 14 and up, and has been featured previously on ClickSchooling.

Send A Rock to A Scientist!

June 10th, 2008

Recommended Website:
ASU: Rock Around The World

Age Range: 5 and up (Fun for all ages!)

Scientists at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University want you to send them your rocks! Find a rock, wash it, and send it in to the lab. The scientists will use their super-duper spectrometer to identify the rock – and then they’ll post a picture of your rock and information about it on their website!

But that’s not all. In addition to submitting a rock to help the Mars Scientists with their research, you can learn all about rocks at this website. Simply use the menu on the left side of the screen that includes:

  • About the Program – Get the instructions for how to submit a rock.
  • Follow the Rocks – Take a virtual tour of the lab and see what happens to rocks that are sent to the ASU Mars lab.
  • See All Rocks – Examine the archive of rocks that have already been sent to the lab.
  • Learn About Rocks – Find out why you should study rocks; learn the difference between rocks, minerals, and elements; find out about crystal structures.
  • Meet the RATW Crew – Read the bios of the scientists who work at the ASU Mars Lab.
  • Infrared Spectroscopy – Explore an amazing website dedicated to the science of infrared spectroscopy.

This is a great way to get kids interested in geology, space travel, and more! A big thank you to the ClickScholar who saw this website mentioned in this month’s issue of “Boy’s Life” magazine.

Celebrate Mars Day at Virtual Math Camp!

June 11th, 2007

Recommended Website:

Math Moves U: Mission To Mars

Age Range 10-13 (Designed for Middle School students, but will appeal to younger accelerated math students and high school students as well. Elementary school-age kids can enjoy the information with a little help from Mom, Dad, or an older sibling.)

Ratheon Company’s is a website dedicated to getting middle-school age kids excited about math. (We’ve featured this website in the past.) They just launched a new virtual summer camp (Camp MMU) to celebrate the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s annual “Mars Day” activities.

This year Mars Day will take place on July 20th. (To learn more about the event visit the Smithsonian website.)

For an out-of-this-world math experience, you can participate in the MathMovesU online summer camp where you can take a virtual “Mission to Mars.” According to the official announcement:


You can virtually blast off from Earth to experience space travel through the cockpit of your very own space craft. If you choose to accept this mission to the Red Planet, you will need to apply real-world math skills to navigate your spacecraft throughout the game, explore different Mars landmarks and collect out-of-this world prizes along the way. Once you reach
your final destination of Mars’ Olympus Mons, the largest mountain in the solar system, you will be entered to win.

Prizes include a trip to Washington D.C. for you and your family of four to celebrate Mars Day with a VIP tour of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a Sony PS2®, an acre of land on the planet Mars, telescopes and more.


After you solve the Mars math problems, why not virtually explore the planet Mars? To do that, check out The National Air and Space Museum’s website.