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NASA Games, Apps, and Websites to Learn About Space and Astronomy

These NASA-built and -approved resources will have students of all ages seeing space from different perspectives. With real data and the latest research at their fingertips, students can engage in true inquiry learning by tracking satellite images, measuring sea ice thickness, and more. Whether you want to teach about climate change, help students visualize the universe, or build curiosity about space exploration, you'll find trusted apps and sites here. 

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NASA Kids' Club

Explore super space-based games and activities for the younger set

Bottom line: A fun, kid-friendly place to get introduced to the wonders of space.


NASA satellite data + teacher support yields serious inquiry resource

Bottom line: The value of the resource outweighs the challenges, so grab your coffee, a colleague, and your thinking cap and dive in.


Visually super NASA-backed treasure trove may overwhelm

Bottom line: A visually stunning way to get kids interested in science and space exploration.

Climate Kids

Kid-friendly, expert site explores key climate issues

Bottom line: A great launching point for engaging in accurate and timely climate change information.

NASA's Space Place

Stellar smorgasbord of space and technology materials

Bottom line: Activities, games, and other clever items make learning about science and space fun.

NASA Visualization Explorer

Updated stories help kids stay up to speed with space exploration

Bottom line: Weekly updates and striking visuals make it easy for kids to stay informed about NASA's most recent discoveries.

NASA: Solar System Exploration

Highly visual, interactive site could overwhelm with so many resources

Bottom line: This NASA product provides extensive resources about astronomy, space technology, and space history, but navigating the site to find specific resources takes patience.

NASA Global Climate Change - Vital Signs of the Planet

Tons of climate change info from expert sources in one easy place

Bottom line: This is a one-stop shop for climate change info, from basic intro content to practical guides and raw data; good for middle schoolers and up.

STEM on Station

Lots of info about the space station, but tricky site organization

Bottom line: This is a great NASA resource for kids to learn about the International Space Station, as long as they're patient with the cluttered site layout.

Mars Student Imaging Project

Take science research out of this world with NASA's Mars project

Bottom line: One of the best authentic inquiry space experiences out there: Use this tool to grow the next generation of researchers in your classroom.

Moonbase Alpha

NASA lunar game shows students practical challenges of space

Bottom line: Great opportunity for students to see how NASA missions work and to learn valuable management skills, but don't expect much learning about the moon itself.

NASA's Radio JOVE Project

Listen to Jupiter by building a radio telescope and tuning in

Bottom line: Due to start-up costs (time, learning, money), this one’s a project for advanced, interested classrooms or eager extracurricular groups.

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