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Space Place Space Place
NASA’s Space Place educates and entertains kids, parents, and teachers about space and Earth science and technology.

Solar System Exploration Solar System Exploration
A national team of educators and scientists worked together to create this one-stop shop for NASA solar system exploration education resources.

thirteen ed online logo Astronomy @ Khan Academy
A collection of YouTube videos created by the Khan Academy. Scale of the universe, stars, black holes, galaxies, life on Earth and in the universe.

thirteen ed online logo The Size and Distance of the Planets
Students investigate the concepts of relative size and distance by creating a basic model of our solar system.

harvard Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground
A collection of hands-on astronomy activities for kids from Harvard and the Smithsonian Institution. Meteor Crater Map
With this interactive meteor impact map, students can explore fifty of the most obvious impact craters. This is a great resource to incorporate into a lesson plan. Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. Volcanoes on Mars
Spectacular events determined the highest and lowest elevation points on Mars. The lowest point was blasted by an enormous asteroid impact, the highest point was built by repeated volcanic eruptions.

astronomy videos and demonstrations Astronomy Videos and Demonstrations
A collection of astronomy videos and demonstrations from the Institute of Physics.

discovery school Telling Time by the Light of the Moon
This project helps students understand the phases of the moon. Adapts to elementary, secondary, middle school, and university level students. Astronomy Activities
The website has a collection of astronomy activities for grades 9-12. Build a spectroscope, take a planet tour, learn about star color, super gelatin and more.

For Educators NASA's Education for Educators
Content knowledge and the development of teaching skills are essential for great teaching. These resources from NASA will help teachers at all levels. Small Grants for Science Teachers
A two-page proposal might win $200 to $600 in science supplies for your students. Thousands of teachers win these grants every year. Free Graph Paper and Free Maps
Your students can get free printable graph paper, printable maps, printable calendars and more at, a website affiliated with

National Science Teachers Association
An organization providing resources, professional development, education conferences, and much more!

Associations for Science Teachers
NSTA's list of science teaching societies in U.S. states and Canadian provinces. Find professional development near you.

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