It’s great when kids of any age express an interest in space, science and nature, isn’t it?
It shows they are curious about the world around them and keen to learn amazing stuff about the moon landings, space stations, star formations and the way everything works.
Here we have for you 7 free space and science online resources for kids (and adults) to help them understand more about what interests them and discover things they know nothing about (yet!). We hope you enjoy them!
NASA – International Space Station Live Stream
If you want to be WOW’d by something then take a look at the NASA International Space Station live stream. This free online webcam includes internal views when the crew is on-duty and Earth views at other times. The video is accompanied by audio of conversations between the crew and Mission Control. This is definitely something your children will want to visit time and time again. There is so much information on the NASA website, let your children explore it, they will learn so many things about planets, space missions, rocket launches, landings and so much more.
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Have you ever looked up in the sky with and wanted to know more about stars and planets? Well if the answer is yes, then you must pay a visit to the Jodrell Bank Discover Centre website. Here you and your family can learn all about galaxies, clusters, suns, planets and all about the famous Lovell Telescope.
Live Shark Cam Beneath the Frying Pan Tower
Well, we’ve got to say we were mighty impressed with this live Shark Cam! This is the perfect place if you want to get up close and personal with sharks. This live underwater cam is beneath the Frying Pan Tower which is 34 miles off the coast of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The tower was built in the 1960’s to warn ships of the shallow waters nearby, and while GPS navigation technology means this tower is no longer used for its original purpose, it’s an important habitat for sharks, fish, and other marine wildlife. This is a webcam not to be missed!
Renewable Energy – How Wind Turbines Create Electricity
How do wind turbines create electricity? How do they turn energy from the sun, wind and water into clean electricity to power our homes? Well these questions and more are all explained on this site called Explain that Stuff I’ve driven past them hundreds of times myself and that question that always pops in my mind is …”what if the wind doesn’t blow? what happens then?”, well the answers are all here, clearly explained for you.
How Things Fly – Aerodynamics Explained
Children and adults alike have always been intrigued as to how aeroplanes take off and land without problems. Aerodynamics is the study of forces and the resulting motion of objects through the air. On the website How Thing Fly you will learn all about the friction and vortex drag and many other scientific facts on how things fly.
Passport to Space – Planet Facts
Here you can learn lots of interesting planet facts, such as the temperatures of each planet and when they were first discovered. National Geographic for Kids has plenty of other resources such as a space exploration quiz and full details on how to make your own telescope step-by-step.
Climate Change Explained
We’ve all heard about climate change and how it is affecting our planet. This great resource explains simply how global warming is changing the way we are living and what we can do to help slow the process down. Climate Kids website also has plenty of other interesting facts to learn about such as plants and animals, water and the atmosphere.