Science - Making more time for space

18th November 2011 at 00:00

What's it about?

Space agency Nasa believes education is vital and that the US must maintain its commitment to teaching Stem subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), writes Andrew Lochery.

But it is not just Americans who can benefit from Nasa's website, which has sections for educators and students. The educator section has three sections: grade K-4 (or five to nine-year-olds) and grade 9-12 (equivalent of GCSE and A-level students).

Each section has resources relevant for its age group, including video clips, games, maths and physics problems, and links to other useful websites and resources. Students are likely to enjoy building a high-power paper rocket. They can then test it, evaluate its performance, and refine its design. There is the potential for it to reach heights of around 100m.

The Children's University of Manchester website contains activities and resources for key stage 2 (upper primary) science, writes Allison Gardner. Each topic has activities for an interactive whiteboard, wordsearches and games. The topics are introduced by scientists and have plenty of Discover More activities.

There is also a primary collection of TES resources on food chains, including a set of non-fiction, interactive explanation books from TESiboard, with illustrations and simple text to explain a woodland habitat food chain. And there's a PowerPoint from Bee Ts and a graph activity on foxes and rabbits, created by hanmphillips.

Where to find it

www.nasa.govaudienceforeducators

www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk.

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