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

Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in space ORM=VDQVA

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 -