Four resources share the universe with your childPosted by MomOnMars on August 25, 2012
When Boy Genius was a wee young thing, he spent hours memorizing the solar system. Even his stuffed bear, R.P., came from a distant planet.
Fortunately, giant coffee table books with beautiful photography bearing titles like “Universe” and “Cosmos” came cheap at the bookstore…and we spent hours pouring through them together.
In 2006, he showed his agreement with astronomers in their demoting of Pluto by sporting a Halloween costume of the planet with a big line through it. I spent a lot of time that year explaining what he was wearing.
Over time, the fascination wore off, but with the recent Curiosity Rover Mars landing, a new spark has ignited excitement. (If you missed it, Curiosity has already gathered some awesome pictures of earth’s favorite red planet.)
Even if your child hasn’t shown any interest at all in outer space, this is an opportunity to share some stellar resources as you explore the next frontier together.
There’s an app for that
First, there’s an app for your iPad. The NASA Science: A Journey of Discovery app guides you to new knowledge of the Earth, the Sun, and our solar system. You can venture out to the depths of the universe, get updated on missions and explore space like a member of the science community. Joining the quest to learn is as easy as downloading the app (plus it leads you to more cool NASA apps for space exploration).
Explore the universe’s most massive planet
Unlock the mysteries of Jupiter with the Jupiter’s Family Secrets Education Activity Guide. The downloadable module has fun hands-on activities aimed toward children ages 8 to 13, as well as all the background information and reading lists you could want to enhance your space-learning at home.
Let your children follow their Curiosity with a new suite of video games and virtual experiences that will connect you to the spirit of space exploration and the Mars rover. You can track any and all things Mars on this site. See how long Curiosity has been on Mars and learn what goes into a landing. Plus, there are tons of resources that provide educational, entertaining games and activities that your space cadet will love.
Check out the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s website to connect to the space science community and access even more resources that are out of this world (too cliché?)- they’ll certainly get you and your child both excited about space and learning as the school year begins.
Save the date
Hey Space Cadet – here are some dates to keep on your calendar:
The Dawn Mission leaves Vesta for Ceres on September 8, 2012 – check online for updates and news!
For kids interested in the Earth Sciences, there’s a whole week devoted to getting them involved, exploring, and discovering the careers that could be their future passion. Earth Science Week is October 14-20, 2012.
What does your child love about space?
- Photos: Mars Rover: First Color Images
- Mars Rover Landing Site Named for Sci-Fi Icon Ray Bradbury
- Mount Sharp on Mars: Curiosity Rover’s Panoramic View (Photo)
- Martian Curiosity: How Do You Drive a $2.5 Billion Mars Rover?