What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the free NASA App is an official NASA app, jam-packed with more information on the U.S. space program and astronomy than you could digest in a lifetime. With new information added daily from a variety of NASA sources, including NASA's public television channel, this app can launch you into outer space from your couch, on the bus, or in the classroom. Users can log in via Facebook Connect to share information, but this is optional. There is also a built-in Twitter client, but you don't need an account to follow NASA tweets.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- thinking critically
Engagement, Approach, Support
Visual images will pull many kids in and encourage them to find out more through the other content on the site. New photos, videos, and tweets are added constantly.
Younger kids may need help reading and understanding the excellent, in-depth space-related content on this site, but older kids should be able to readily understand most of the information presented.
The large amount of information and options may require an adult to guide kids toward the content most relevant to them. There's no real tutorial or overview that presents the options in an organized way.
What's it about?
Kids can discover a lot about space exploration with NASA App. They can read up on facts about planets and NASA’s space programs, see NASA’s photos and videos, and even keep up to date on NASA’s tweets, launch schedule, and features in the news. The information is fairly organized, but there is a lot of get through.
Is it any good?
With NASA APP, the NASA Ames Research Center has created an all-in-one astronomy, engineering, and future-astronaut inspiration tool. You can check out a sunset over South America from space, the Obamas' touring the shuttle launch facility, and stay tuned to the next launch via a countdown clock all on the same (free!) app. Track the orbit of the International Space Station, count down the liftoff of the next mission launch, learn about the NASA Hall of Fame, view amazing photos from space, and more. New photos, videos, and tweets are added constantly.
Families can talk about...
Given the large amount of information in NASA App, provide a goal or focus for a given play session such as "Let's learn about Jupiter today,” or "Let's see what NASA's next mission is about."
Visit a local planetarium, observatory, or air and space museum to learn more about astronomy.