Space for Kids

Space for Kids

Outer space holds a fascination for kids of all ages, and today’s site picks include material for early elementary ages, as well as high schoolers (and beyond.) Before we start, here’s bonus tip: NASA hosts a multitude of online chats with astronauts, astronomers and space engineers. For the monthly calendar, click on over to NASA’s Schedule of Live Web Events.

Amazing Space5 stars

Amazing Space is a set of seven Web-based educational activities (such as The Truth About Black Holes and Galaxies Galore) designed primarily for use in a classroom, but still appropriate for the self-guided Net surfer. "The Space Telescope Science Institute located in Baltimore, Maryland is responsible for the scientific operation of the Hubble Space Telescope. During the summer of 1996, the institute was set abuzz by the invasion of ten science teachers. These teachers teamed up with scientists and engineers from the institute to develop interactive lessons for the World Wide Web. In these pages you will find the lessons they developed."

NASA Kids5 stars

With news about current space events and links to age-appropriate reference material (some of it at external sites), NASA Kids brings us space in a tidy package. Reference topics are divided into Space & Beyond, Rockets & Airplanes and Pioneers & Astronauts. Activities are listed under Projects & Games. Most of the site is easy to navigate, it is organized as a hierarchy of links, but I did reach a few dead ends where I needed to use my browser back button to find my way home.

Space Kids5 stars

Landing at SpaceKids.com is like being sent to play in outer space! Filled with feature stories, questions and answers, contests and interactive games for the elementary-age crowd, Space Kids is the younger sibling of Space.com. Middle-schoolers (and older) should visit Space.com (look for the link on the left-hand menu) for in-depth space news and science. "Our primary mission is the popularization of space. Our commitment is to a greater public understanding and enthusiasm about space and space-related subjects." And I'd say they are hitting their mark.

Space Place4 stars

Space Place is the place for hands-on elementary-age space crafts ("Make your own jewel in the sky, a model Saturn decoration"), space activities ("Play our Intergalactic Adventures board game and be the first to explore a black hole and live to tell about it!") and space experiments ("Test a new spacecraft material.") You'll also find a smattering of fun space facts, but not exhaustive reference material.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Liftoff to Space Exploration

Virtual Solar System


Cite This Page

Feldman, Barbara. "Space for Kids." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 24 Nov. 1999. Web. 28 Apr. 2015. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/spacekids/ >.


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By . Originally published November 24, 1999. Last modified November 24, 1999.

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