Get off My Planet - Stuff about space

Build your own Mars Helicopter

At Home AEX Activity for the young 

Go for Launch
AIAA is excited to team with Higher Orbits to bring students interested in space an exceptional hands-on experience through Go for Launch! This multiday program sparks the imagination of students in grades 8-12, and introduces leadership principles, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). AIAA is proud to support this program by providing educational resources as students compete to have their experiment launched to the International Space Station. Stand by for 2021 dates. (as of Feb 8, 2021)
Reach for the Stars - National Rocket Competition
Check out the links on the right.
Link Observatory Space Science Institute


International Space Station Activity Book

The Challenger Center - Stem at home - grades 3 to 9+  science lessons and planning trips to the Moon and Mars.

NASA and JPL - Living in space

US National Lab and ISS - Science Lessons and Activities

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Living and Working on the Space Station (Living and Working on the International Space Station.) 

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National Association of Rocketry (NAR) offers Teachers and Youth Group Leaders Resources

 The NAR offers Free Resource downloads ( produced by members who have helped teachers and youth group leaders like yourself all over the United States.


National Association of Rockets (& LtCol Michael Castania, CAP, NJW)

A Good Time for a Productive Distraction

In NAR we would say anytime is a good time to build a rocket, but in this unsettled moment we are now enduring where much of the country is sequestered at home, building a rocket kit is a productive distraction. As a teacher, your school where you work and your children's school as well may be closed so this unexpected furlough is a chance for their enrichment and your professional development. Hopefully you will have the local retailers who sell rockets that are still open, at least enough to "pick up curbside," but if not there are many vendors online for shopping and delivery. Rockets need only household tools for assembly-white glue, sandpaper, tape, items you probably already have.  In an day of concentrated effort and you will have your bird completed. There are plenty of videos online for help, or see Then you can explore how to use the rocket in your class. There are resources at By the time the weather gets warmer you'll be able to go out and fly, hopefully with your class or a rocket club. The national crisis upon us will pass and we will have clear skies again. Let's build for that day!

Design the vehicles to be the first to race on the moon

NASA Video, podcast and books

NASA - Take tours of tours of various labs by selecting from a list. Lots of icons to click on. It is worth making the sound work, easy to move and navigate.

NASA - Take a tour through Hubble Mission Control by watching several videos. Pause/finish one video before starting the next or both will play at the same time. Use full screen mode to see everything discussed.

NASA - Take a virtual tour of the Langley VA facility - Tour is a picture with a pretty good zoom feature and a lot of reading. Very informative links in the reading. Good if you are doing a term paper. Best way to find the "tours" is to type "virtual tours" into the search box in the top right. Best part for me was the "Galleries" Most are free to copy and use.  

NASA  - We might finally be back in the space business!!  A short article 

JPL - View of Mars

JPL - Plans to get samples from Mars

AI 4 Mars - Help teach Mars Rovers how to classify terrain.

Planet 4 - Explore the weather and geography of Mars' South Pole region.

Protect our planet from solar storms.

Kepler's Second Mission - Discover new planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy.



Lesson plans on space and aircraft. (List on left)

Click on the objects for interesting side stories

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum - Lots of links and videos

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Virtual Tour - Get the layout of the building by rotating until you see a green square with the arrow. click on the arrow to go to that hall.  hard to see exhibits - read articles by clicking on images on the right.           

Smithsonian walk around the Shuttle Discovery - Let the audio play and when done press the arrow on either side of the screen. This is not a self-guided tour. Space Shuttle Discovery

National Air and Space Museum Join your hosts as they tell fascinating stories from one of the world's most visited museums, the National Air and Space Museum, which contains the largest and most significant collection of air- and spacecraft in the world.

  • Have you ever wished on a shooting star? Learn why meteor showers occur, when's the best time to watch and what you're actually looking at (spoiler: most meteors are A LOT smaller than you think).
  • Don't miss a thing! Join the AirSpace hosts for a rewatch of the 1998 film Armageddon to see how many inaccuracies they could find, including a few things that seemed ridiculous, but actually turned out to be true!

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Three links that are fun and educational for the Middle School and Below set

Space Exploration Games:

Space: the Final Frontier Activities: Launch students into orbit with Education World activities on the wonders and mystery of pace.

Astronomy: Free interactive resources for teaching Earth and space science. Bring out your students' inner scientist with scientifically accurate models & activities.

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Discovery Channel - a wide variety of topics including some of the pandering shows but has links to some astronomy stuff listed below.



               - Lots of astronomy stuff including date specific events                                               - lots of space stuff but I would click on Space Flight and Science and Astronomy in the dark blue banner at the top.                            

Free college courses - Credits and certificates are extra - Several Weeks of material - This one has a Star Trek 

Master Class with Astronaut Chris Hadfield - College Level - 2hr 9m - $180

 Hands-On Astronomy Activities:

Project: Make a Paper Mars Helicopter  

            Plus, new video tutorial!

Project: Code a Mars Helicopter Video Game

            Plus, new video tutorial!

Mars Activities for Students Collection

Mars Lessons for Educators Collection

Learning Space website

Learning Space on YouTube

Walking Through an Exploded Star:

Activity :In conjunction with the virtual tour, answer open questions on the WTES quiz (attached).

Planet Hunters :

Activity:  Catalogue 5 to 10 interesting or relevant screenshots and offer a short explanation for each of them.

Become a home astronaut - practice you missions just like the astronauts in training


Combine any of these (or add your own suggestions) with CAP's two Astronomy STEM Books for a winning AE lesson. (AE Downloads and Resources)

1. Ever wondered what objects are up in the sky? Now you can get familiar with Astronomy by identifying stars, planets, and constellations. Also look up deep sky objects from the Messier and NGC catalogs.

2. Like the others, point this at the sky to see what's above you. But then, when you're done, point it down on the ground to get a view of the sky on the other side of the world.

3. You don't need to be an astronomer to find stars or constellations in the sky, just open SkyView® Free and let it guide you to their location and identify them. SkyView Free is a beautiful and intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find popular constellations as they fade in and out while you scan across the sky, locate planets in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.


    • Simple: Point your device at the sky to identify galaxies, stars, constellations, planets, and satellites (including the ISS and Hubble) passing overhead at your location.
    • Night Mode: Preserve your night vision with red or green night mode filters.
    • Augmented Reality (AR): Use your camera to spot objects in the sky, day or night.
    • Sky Paths: Follow the sky track for any object to see it’s exact location in the sky on any date and time.
    • Time Travel: Jump to the future or the past and see the sky on different dates and times.
    • Social: Capture and share beautiful images with friends and family on social networks.
    • Mobile: WiFi is NOT required (does not require a data signal or GPS to function). Take it camping, boating, or even flying!
    • Supports Space Navigator™ binoculars, spotting scope, and telescopes.

What a fun way to teach yourself, your children, your students, or your cadets about our wonderful universe!

4. Come explore with NASA and discover the latest images, videos, mission information, news, feature stories, tweets, NASA TV and featured content with the NASA app.

Want to get more involved with astronomy? Here is a great resource. American Astronomical Society (AAS)

All sorts of topics - Check out transparent rockets -


Columbia University 60+ Free STEM Resources and Opportunities for BIPOC, AAPIs, and Allies from, you guessed it, Columbia University.
NEW Nationwide Lifts Lessons on lifts, levers, mototrs hydrolics, pullies, geers and more. 
Recommended by Samantha, a student at Center of Northern York's Knowledge Association.
Free HS STEM/Aviation curriculum from AOPA
The Association of American University Women STEM Curriculum  Lessons and career assistance and more targeted at women
Ideas for Students at Home


K-12 Teacher Resources
AIAA supplies teachers with all the tools they will need to stir the curiosity of their students, and those tools are fun, engaging, and, mostly, “hands-on,” to ensure the students thrive in their learning environment. From classroom grants, to standards based projects, to Aerospace Micro-Lessons, AIAA is committed to providing students with exceptional learning experiences, and teachers with the tools and resources to create those moments.
Aerospace Micro Lessons
The STEM K-12 Committee is proud to present "Aerospace Micro-Lessons." These lessons are easily digestible lessons focused on aerospace principles. Each lesson is broken down into grade levels and are meant to spark conversation and interest in aerospace. Lessons will range from engineering, to mathematics, to physics, to highlighting aerospace anniversaries -- all of which will be presented in a way that easily relates to your students.


Classroom Grants provide opportunities for teachers to supplement their lesson plans with hands-on STEM activities that engage students in creative and innovative projects. The program is a great resource for teachers to turn to for activities assistance; each school year $250 and $500 grants are awarded to up to 40 teachers.



Science and Tech

Pitsco - STEM at home - grades  k - 9

Philip Morrison Powers of Ten 

The film begins with an overhead view of a man and woman picnicking in a park at the Chicago lakefront — a one-meter- square overhead image of the figures on a blanket surrounded by food and books they brought with them, one of them being The Voices of Time by J. T. Fraser. The viewpoint, accompanied by expository voiceover by Philip Morrison, then slowly zooms out to a view ten meters across (or 101 m in scientific notation). The zoom-out continues (at a rate of one power of ten per 10 seconds), to a view of 100 meters (102 m) then 1 kilometer (103 m) (where we see the entirety of Chicago), and so on, increasing the perspective and continuing to zoom out to a field of view of 10 24 meters, or the size of the observable universe. The camera then zooms back in at a rate of a power of ten per 2 seconds to the picnic, and then slows back down to its original rate into the man's hand, to views of negative powers of ten—10−1 m (10 centimeters), and so forth, revealing a skin cell and zooming in on it—until the camera comes to quarks in a proton of a carbon atom at 10−16 meter.[1] 

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Robot build - Challenge Robots Introduction

National Geographic - Variety of Topics - GRADE 3-5

National Geographic - Variety of Topics - GRADE 6-12

Discovery Channel Tours of various places - Scroll down to "Search" and click on the down arrow to the left to find topics. Teacher can find help by following the "Virtual Learning Page" link                                                           

Discovery Channel - a wide variety of topics including some of the pandering shows but has links to some astronomy stuff listed below.                       - Lots of astronomy stuff including date specific events                                               - lots of space stuff but I would click on Space Flight and Science and Astronomy in the dark blue banner at the top.                                                                                          

A link to 11 other virtual tours of Science Museums  - This is preview and  ad for 11 museums and the links are normal text underlined in brown.

Scholastic  31 Best Field Trips  - A link to 31 Virtual Field Tours - some better than other. More towards history, and social sciences     

CNN - The title says it all - a short article

Coronavirus lockdowns have changed the way Earth moves

Discover e - All sorts of science stuff - You can search by topic. Notice Aerospace is one of the topics on the right.

HowStuffWorks This is my "Go To' resource as it explains thousands of topics, ranging from the flu to black holes to conspiracy theories, with video and illustrations so you can learn how...

STEM Activities for everyone:

Free STEM curricula access for school districts:

NASA Aerospace Activities, Lessons, and useful links: A list of websites on lots of topics - lots of overlap but some great new sources.

K - 12 Science including aerospace

Fairbanks Museum-- Aerospace in the bottom right 

For younger students-- 


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Ginger Zee  - What makes a hurricane-

Ginger Zee  - What makes a tornado  

Understanding Weather:

Weather Systems and Patterns:

NWS: National Weather Services - Education resources

NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Online resources including satellite data

NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Online resources

One Stop Shop for Everything Aeronautical from the NJ Aviation Education Council

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

National Museum of flight - click on all the links and see still shots of all the aircraft                                         

National Museum of the AF - Move through the museum, get a good look at the exhibits, use search function.  You can look for a specific aircraft/person  that may be tied to a Civil Air Patrol Achievement or check out several aircraft and figure out what they have in common.                             

National Naval Aviation Museum - Click on the white arrows in the blue circles to move. Click on the white "i" in the blue circle for a close up of the aircraft and info on the aircraft.                             

NASA -Take a tour of NASA's Flight Research Center  -Lots of reading - zoom is impressive - check out the latest column on the left          

MIT forces on aircraft algebra used-advanced 

Forces on an aircraft 

Forces on an aircraft simpler than the MIT presentation 

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Primary Flight Controls

Montgolfier Brothers

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STEM Takes Flight

A standards-based, cloud-based virtual modeling STEM application that guides students through an engaging, realistic glider development process capped by a very cool Airshow -- all before building their actual gliders.. Students actually design and later actually construct an actual working model. What's not to like? Check out the included link and be sure to watch the video

History of Aviation  1hr46m

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Basic Parts of a Cessna 172

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Airport Tycoon - Manage employees, restaurants, maintenance and more.  

  • What did you like about the career?
  • What did you not like about the career?
  • Is this a career you had ever considered? Why or why not?
  • What did you learn about managing the airport? Why do you think the game included the categories it did?
  • What did you learn about investing in the future? 

Airport Madness 6 - Manage take-off, landing and taxiing aircraft  

  • I would start with "Go easy on me" If you choose to " increase the pace" it will quickly increase the pace pretty quickly. I would not zoom in. The little green dots on the insert in the bottom right corner are incoming flights that are not yet on the screen.
  • What did you learn about organization?
  • What did you learn about situational awareness?
  • What did you learn about the pace of the job?
  • What did you like about the job?
  • What did you dislike about the job?
  • Is this a career you have ever considered? Why or Why not

Here's a fun video of a guy who attached a leaf blower to a home-built radio-controlled plane and made it fly!  Some good engineering-design principles described in the video.

Redbird - A series of class started but jump in any time.

Amid school closures caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we've decided to launch an online series of the Redbird STEM+ Lab. The STEM+ Lab will feature interactive classes for students in middle school and high school. Beginning on March 31st, Redbird’s STEM Director Greg Roark will lead students through six virtual classes aimed at engaging their creativity and continuing to foster their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) outside the classroom.

We'll hold the classes weekly, and students will be able to view or review video recordings of each class any time after they are released. A flight simulator is not required to participate, but students are encouraged to use their Redbird simulator or any flight simulation software that is accessible in their home.

Sikorsky Comanche.  It's about 7.5 minutes in length.

Where to airlines part their planes when they are not flying?  This will give you a sense of how much we are not flying. It is a good chance for non-pilots to practice understanding radio call and airport markings. How soon can  you spot the destination airport?  

What might future military aircraft might look like

            What did you notice the aircraft had in common?

            How are they different from what we fly now?

            How will they effect air power?

Don’t fire an RPG if there are drones around:  A C-130 had just made an aerial supply drop (unknown what country this was in, but likely the Middle East) when it was fired upon by “bad guys” with a Rocket-Powered Grenade (RPG).  This was all caught by on camera by an MQ-9 Reaper drone flying “top cover” for the C-130.  Fortunately, the RPG missed the C-130, but the Reaper operators alerted the Joint Terminal Attack Controller, who approved them to “prosecute” the target.

See the Insane SR- 71 engines