August 28th, 2009 Bob
Sometimes there’s just nothing as cozy as curling up with a good storybook. Whether you prefer turning real pages or virtual pages, you will enjoy the five spacey storybooks on The Space Place. Joining our classic stories inverse “Professor Starr’s Dream Trip” and “Lucy¹s Planet Hunt” are the new ”What’s in Space,” “Supercool Space Tools,” and “The First Annual Planet Awards.” All are available as richly illustrated online “books” with interactive page turning or viewable and printable Adobe Reader files. So settle down with a good and fun book at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/storybooks.
March 11th, 2009 Bob
Blistering hot molten rock bursts through weak places in Earth’s crust. So what is down there and why is it so hot? Earth’s core may seem as mysterious and remote as outer space, but scientists actually have learned a great deal about it. Listen to a scientist explain.
Visit http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/en/educators/podcast/ to subscribe to these Podcasts. Or listen now to this and the previous Podcasts on your computer or read the transcripts.
February 4th, 2009 Bob
Weather can be puzzling. What’s it going to do next? If only we could learn
to solve it as easily as the weather picture “Slyder” puzzles on The Space
Place (http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/goes/slyder). You can pick easy,
medium, or hard levels of difficulty to challenge your logical- and
spatial-reasoning muscles and to reveal dramatic ground- and space-based
images of Earth and space weather phenomena. Each image is identified and
credited. Whether you solve your chosen puzzle or not, you will be no doubt
find abundant weather enlightenment.
November 19th, 2008 Bob
The NASA SpacePlace folks have just published the latest issue of their bi‑monthly newsletter for formal and informal educators. The newsletter is all about the many useful and‑‑it goes without saying‑‑free resources on The Space Place website that can be helpful to classroom and home school teachers, after‑school program directors, museum and library program directors, and other informal educators.
Get the new issue here and go to the SpacePlace educator website here.
October 7th, 2008 Bob
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has just published the October issue of the Space Place newsletter. You can obtain this Elementary-age targeted newsletter Here. And don’t forget the Space Place teachers corner.
August 4th, 2008 Bob
NASA.GOV is a remarkable resource for teachers and students. Spend a little time there and you find a wealth of information about NASA – past, present, and future. I recently became aware of an area of nasa.gov that has been around in one form of another for about ten years. Space Place is a special project of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory designed for elementary aged students. It is full of games, fun facts, projects, and animations. I especially like the feature set for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts that provides program aids for their space and aeronautics-related advancements. One feature of the site is a bi-monthly newsletter for teachers. The latest issue is just out and you can find it Here.