Teacher Review For NASA: Solar System Exploration

This is a great website with a lot of information, activities, and interactive features that covers the solar system from creation to the present.

Rick S.
Classroom teacher
Huntington High School Huntington, WV
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects Science
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use this website to teach solar system creation in Earth science. The solar system video is an excellent depiction of how the solar system evolved into its present form and I use it to help students visualize the process. There is also a written timeline along with a downloadable poster that students can use for presentations. The volume of information can seem overwhelming at first, so some teacher direction on where to find information can cut down the time required by the lesson. This site can also be used to stay informed on current and planned NASA missions.
My Take
This site is an excellent teaching tool. I like the way the way the site is organized with links clearly delineated and the information categorized clearly to allow students to find specific data more quickly. I like the way this site allows for a complete solar system presentation including information and images, to be created.