The National Administration of Aeronautics and Space, better known as NASA (for its acronym in English), has a site where it shares free games, among much more content, about space and earth sciences, which is aimed at children primary school, with the aim of inspiring, educating and enriching the little ones in the home with fun content.
The site is called “NASA Space Place. Explore Earth and Space!”, which was first launched in 1998 and its latest version was in 2016. In it you can find different fun and educational activities divided into six thematic categories:
- Solar system
- Science and Technology
- Educators, which is a resource for parents and educators.
In each category you will find informative articles that solve in a simple way many questions that children often ask about Earth and space, as well as games, crafts, activities and digital resources that enrich them in an entertaining way on topics in each category. all referring to space and terrestrial sciences.
The site is quite practical so that the child decides how to explore it, either for each category or for the type of material (games, crafts…) that he likes.
As if this were not enough, Space Place content covers more than 40 NASA missions, such as:
- NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens
- Galaxy Evolution Explorer
- Galileo space mission
- Juno space mission
- NASA’s Mars Exploration Program
- ESA’s Rosetta mission
Which allows children to learn everything they need to know about space and Earth, which could inspire them in these sciences.
The activities are really fun and educational, craft-wise, for example, you can learn how to make a balloon-powered Nanorover, a bubble-powered rocket, or learn the moon phases with Oreo cookies.
As for games, Space Place offers 20 entertaining options to learn space and earth sciences. One of the most prominent is “Relay”, whose objective is to send information or data to Earth using lasers, for which it will use mirrors to move the laser and avoid obstacles so that they successfully reach their destination; the purpose is to build a communication network and synchronize, or equalize, the time on atomic clocks.
“Explore Mars” is another of the most notable, it simulates the space mission of the Mars Exploration Program (Mars 2020), in which children will be able to drive a rover on Mars and collect information about Martian rocks, such as it happens in reality.
So, if your child is interested in space, visit this NASA portal with him, where he can learn about this spectacular science in an entertaining way.
All you have to do to explore it is enter this site: NASA Space Place. Explore Earth and Space!
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