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1st Grade

Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles

Mindy's Constellation Explorer

In this demonstration, students are lead by Mindy as she explains what a constellation is, how to form one, and the names and stories behind some of the better known constellations in the night sky. Flash and Java required, headphones recommended.

Energy Skate Park

Fly To Mars!

This simulation will let you launch a spacecraft from Earth to Mars. We’ll handle the amount and direction of the thrust: all you have to do is decide when to launch by watching the positions of Earth and Mars as they orbit the sun. Easy!

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Day/Night Simulation

Everyone knows that day is the time between sunrise and sunset, when it’s light, and night is the rest of the time, when it’s dark. But what makes the Sun rise and set? You can take a giant step into space and observe the Sun/Earth/Moon system in action. Or you can look at just the Earth/Moon system if you like. You control how you view the action.


Solar System 3D

This is a 3D solar system simulation application, which gives you the approximate location of the planets in the solar system at different time, and some information about each one of them. Students can take guided tours around the planets or create their own tour!


SunCalc is a little app that shows sun movement and sunlight phases during the given day at the given location! Students can see sun positions at sunrise, specified time and sunset!

Solar System Simulation

Visualize the orbits of the planets and more than 150 comets and asteroids in an interactive 3d viewer based on WebGL! Students get a good view of the Solar System object of their choice and it’s position at any given time. This is a great visual for patterns of motion!

Build A Solar System

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  • Patterns of the motion of the sun, moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, and predicted. (1-ESS1-1)
  • Seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset can be observed, described, and predicted. (1-ESS1-2)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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