What it is: NASA has such cool exploratory websites for kids. NASA @ Home and City is no exception. On this site, students get to explore 3D environments where they discover common household and city items that have roots in space exploration. Students can click on various objects in the house or city to learn more about how space travel impacted the items creation or use. Each item has a brief description and a short video included. If students are particularly interested in an item, they can click to learn more about it on NASA’s Spinoff database site. Students can take part in a Spinoff challenge where they explore technologies and answer questions; when all have been answered, students will unlock special downloads.
How to integrate NASA @ Home and City into the classroom: NASA @ Home and City is a great place for students to learn more about space as well as how the science and discoveries made in space impact their daily lives. I love the way this site encourages students to discover and uncover learning. NASA @ Home and City would be a great website for students to visit in partners or small groups on classroom computers. Each student can take a turn exploring for the group and acting as guide.
If you don’t have access to classroom computers, explore the site as a class using an interactive whiteboard or projector connected computer. There is enough content for each student to have a turn directing the exploration. The 3D feel of the house and city would be fun on the big screen!
I like that this site is appropriate for a wide range of age and developmental levels. Young students will enjoy exploring and viewing the videos for information, while older students can really dig deeper with the Spinoff challenge and additional information links.
Tips: Make sure to rotate around the home and city, there is more to explore!
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