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Space Systems
100,000 Stars

100,000 Stars

The Data Arts Team at Google created this beautiful, interactive, 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood, including over 100,000 nearby stars. It was created for the Google Chrome web browser (HTML5) and is a powerful tool for students to take a tour of the universe or toggle the spectral index yourself!
Planetarium

Planetarium - interactive star map and virtual sky

Neave’s Planetarium is a great way to look at the sky and find planets and stars.
Seasons Interactive

Seasons Interactive

This is a very clean and fun interactive about Seasons. Adjust the tilt of the Earth’s axis relative to the sun to observe how the amount of daylight and the average temperature varies. This interactive comes from  Astronomy by John Fix and will run on Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 5.5 or later, or Netscape 6.

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope

This is just an incredible learning tool from Microsoft called the WorldWide Telescope. Yes, it does require downloading software and yes, it is just for Windows at this point, but it is such an amazing tool it is worth the time and effort. WorldWide Telescope enables your computer to function as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world. Experience narrated guided tours from astronomers and educators featuring interesting places in the sky.
My Solar System

My Solar System

Generating and testing hypotheses is an important skill for young scientists. The name of this elegant and useful learning tool is called My Solar System, and is developed by the amazing PhET group. Build your own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet. With this orbit simulator, you can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other.
Gravity and Orbits

Gravity and Orbits

This simulation that PHET provides allows students to manipulate the mass of orbiting objects (Earth around the Sun, the Moon around Earth, and even satellites around Earth). The manipulation for greater or smaller masses shows the effect on the gravitational pull in orbits. It’s also a great tool to visualize the directions of velocity, gravitational force, and the orbital path.
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KEY CONCEPTS

The Universe and Its Stars (ESS1.A)

  • Patterns of the apparent motion of the sun, the moon, and stars in the sky can be observed, described, predicted, and explained with models. (MS-ESS-1)
  • Earth and its solar system are part of the Milky Way galaxy, which is one of the many galaxies in the universe. (MS-ESS1-2)

Earth and the Solar System (ESS1.B)

  • The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by the sun’s gravitational pull on them. (MS-ESS1- 2&3)
  • The model of the solar system can explain eclipses of the sun and the moon. The seasons are a result of the tilt of the earth’s axis, and the differing intensity of sunlight on different areas of the earth over the course of a year. (MS-ESS1-1)
  • The solar system appears to have formed from a disk of dust and gas drawn together by gravity. (MS-ESS-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.”

ABOUT US

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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TECH HELP

 

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

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