COSI’s Online Activities are an extension of the great fun and educational experiences you can find in our building and with our educational outreach programs.
Browse the Guide to Web Activities to learn about online games and puzzles for kids on the Cyberchase site. Kids can play on their own, with friends and classmates, or with the support of a parent or teacher. Browse the guide and click on the links to get started!
From the European Space Agency
NASA has once again landed on the lunar surface with the goal of colonization, research, and further exploration. Shortly after the return to the Moon, NASA has established a small outpost on the south pole of the moon called Moonbase Alpha. Utilizing solar energy and regolith processing, the moonbase has become self-sufficient and plans for further expansion are underway.
Nasa Mars Funzone
Here you can play, learn and explore the world around you. NASA brings you an exciting way to look at our Sun and Earth, our solar system and the universe beyond.
From high above our Earth, NASA satellites are looking down studying our Earth and looking out studying the distant worlds of the universe. NASA’s unique way of looking at our world around us lets scientists study so much from the global weather patterns of El Nino, to Martian rocks, and to galaxies far, far, away. Have you ever wondered why some years you have more rain or snow than other years? Is there life on Mars? Are there other planets like ours in the universe? NASA scientists are beginning to find answers to these and other questions so we can all better understand our Sun and Earth, our solar system, and the universe beyond.
Come and explore your world and beyond through NASA’s eyes. Experience an inspiring view of science with games, activities, movies, and even resources to help you with your homework.
NASA Kids Club
With news about current space events and links to age-appropriate reference material (some of it at external sites), NASA Kids brings us space in a tidy package. Reference topics are divided into Space & Beyond, Rockets & Airplanes and Pioneers & Astronauts. Activities are listed under Projects & Games. Most of the site is easy to navigate
Make your own planet!
Screenshot from NASA’s Extreme Planet Makeover site
The new “Extreme Planet Makeover” page on the NASA/JPL PlanetQuest site lets you roll up your sleeves and create your very own planet.
Balance five factors to create an Earth-like habitable world, or get wild and make your own extreme exoplanet. Use the Image Gallery feature to compare your creation with those of other Earthlings. Once you’ve finished creating the exoplanet of your dreams, download a picture of your custom world for posterity.
Link: Extreme Planet Makeover
NASA Kids Play and Learn
NASA Quest Challenges are FREE Web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes. The solutions relate to issues encountered daily by NASA personnel.
Play our games and quizzes about space for fun and learning. Find your place in the Universe with this map of space.
In this program, you will become a NASA researcher and design the air transportation system of the future! When cars were invented, scientists and engineers had to design a ground transportation system with roads and traffic rules. A similar system was designed for air transportation. With more people traveling by air than ever before, your challenge is to find ways to improve this air transportation system.
Free Astronomy Videos
Space Place is the place for hands-on elementary-age space crafts (“Make your own jewel in the sky, a model Saturn decoration”), space activities (“Play our Intergalactic Adventures board game and be the first to explore a black hole and live to tell about it!”) and space experiments (“Test a new spacecraft material.”) You’ll also find a smattering of fun space facts, but not exhaustive reference material.
Landing at SpaceKids.com is like being sent to play in outer space! Filled with feature stories, questions and answers, contests and interactive games for the elementary-age crowd, Space Kids is the younger sibling of Space.com. Middle-schoolers (and older) should visit Space.com (look for the link on the left-hand menu) for in-depth space news and science
Plan an adventure to Mars or test your alien knowledge.
If you have Shockwave and Java capabilities, fasten your seat belt for this exceptional virtual tour of our solar system. Starting in the cockpit, you have your choice of ten destinations: from the Sun to Pluto and Neptune. Upon arriving at each planet (or star), you can peruse the illustrated features (such as Exploration, Surface, and Interior) or explore the interactive component that might be a game or an explanatory animation.
Astronomy Our place in Space
NASA Science: For Kids