Satellite Safari by Southern Stars is students’ tour guide to the universe of satellites that humans have launched into orbit around Earth. Students can use Satellite Safari to learn more about the International Space Station and many hundreds of other satellites already in orbit. Satellite Safari can show students the spacecraft that will pass over their location at any given time. They can even get a “bird’s-eye view” from a satellite itself and see Earth from orbit exactly as the satellite sees it. Every day the app automatically updates its satellite orbit data (from celestrak.com). All satellites include facts and figures computed for students’ precise GPS location; the information is updated every second. Many satellites also include descriptions that give students the mission’s history, purpose, and more. The app is designed for both the iPad and the iPhone. Cost: $2.99
Girls Who Game (GWG) is an extracurricular program sponsored by Dell Technologies, Intel, and Microsoft that provides an opportunity for girls in grades 4–8 and underserved students across North America to learn more about gaming as a learning tool, while developing their global competencies, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum provides unique fieldtrip opportunities for teachers and students to engage with the museum’s content online. Among the museum’s offerings are “Earth and Its Place in the Universe” (grades 5–12); “Finding Our Way: Geography and GIS” (grades 6–8)); “Living Through History” (grades 1–8); and “Paper Airplane Design” (grades 3–8).
The online Science Journal for Kids and Teens reports on cutting-edge, peer-reviewed science research adapted for students and their teachers. Articles can be selected according to reading level and/or subject field.