Posts Tagged ‘space travel’

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.

Fun Astronomy for Ages 7-18!

April 25th, 2006

Recommended Website:

This website offers a terrific mix of information, activities, online games, and free classes and lesson plans to help kids learn about astronomy. When you get to the site you will see two menu boards that include:

  • Outer Space:
    • Learn about our Solar System
    • Explore Deep Space
    • What’s new in Civilian Space Travel
    • Explore the size of the Universe through the Powers of 10
  • Resources:
    • Read the latest Astronomical News
    • Improve your space jargon with the Astronomy Dictionary
    • Free Online Classes — A complete astronomy course with printable lessons for ages 7-11 and ages 12-18! This section also offers a virtual tour of this website.

You will notice that the center of the screen on the home page also offers:

  • Fun With Astronomy — lots of activities here for online and offline learning including astronomy-themed word searches, match games, hangman, quiz, coloring books, jokes, make-a-planet and more!
  • The Sky Tonight — get current night sky observation information and learn about the phases of our moon. You can also print out a FREE Sky Map!

This site offers a lot of content — bookmark it to return often.

A Virtual Trip To Outer Space

January 17th, 2003

Recommended Website:
Space Wander

Many thanks to a list member who recommended this incredible site, where you can take a virtual field trip to outer space! When you get there, the program loads automatically, so wait a moment or two, and you will begin a remarkable journey into outer space, complete with visual and audio media. Beautiful photographs of planets, galaxies, nebula and more make you feel as if you really are in space. This site is sponsored by a company that actually arranges for space travel — believe it or not. You can sign up for a trip in the near future (if you have mega bucks) or sign up to be notified when the trips become more affordable. Frankly, the free virtual trip is a bargain — and you won’t suffer the discomfort of zero G’s. Gather the family around the computer and take off!

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