NASA Kids' Club

Common Sense Media says

Clever games and activities teach kids about math and space.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages learning by offering fun games and other activities that center around math principles and info about space.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Because posts are moderated, the comments are clean.

Consumerism

Links at the bottom of the site lead to info about NASA's budget and involvement in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 -- but NASA isn't pushing any commercial goods on the site. A couple of commercial characters -- Buzz Lightyear and Elmo -- appear on the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Users can posts comments about some of the videos without registering, but all posts are moderated (moderators are on hand during business hours), so any with bad language, URLs, or personal attacks won't go live on the site. There are links to social media on the site, but participation is optional.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NASA Kids' Club has games and activities from the space agency. The site doesn't require kids to register or enter an email address to post comments, which are moderated. However, some parts include links to social media, which are less controlled. A section of the site also offers Internet safety tips for parents and teachers.
 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • patterns
  • geometry
  • measurement

Science

  • astronomy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Don't expect limitless things to do here; there's only enough to keep kids captivated for an hour or so. However, the games, videos, and other activities here are well-designed, easy to understand, and -- best of all -- fun.

Learning Approach

Kids learn science and math by playing space-related games. Some activities use visual elements; others allow kids to customize the experience by selecting their age group.

Support

A teacher area explains the education standards associated with each activity, and users can also explore NASA's vast network of content. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • patterns
  • geometry
  • measurement

Science

  • astronomy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn science, math, and language arts while exploring some basic space topics. Games are aimed toward the K-4 set and are rooted in national and Common Core State Standards. They are organized into levels from easiest to hardest. Games focus on one concept at a time, for example converting time, patterns, building a rocket, or the Solar System. Kids with an interest in space will find the activities easy to access and fun to play.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

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What's it about?

Kids can find what they want to do quickly and easily right from the main page. It doesn't take long to catch on to the leveled games (1 = easiest, 5 = hardest), which are usually focused on a single space idea. Other activities like Elmo Visits NASA, Mars Fun Zone, and Buzz Lightyear Return from Space are more elaborate and kids can take their time. Kids can also check in on current space missions, play more games in a clubhouse, join an asteroid naming contest, or view NASA photographs.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Nifty space-age noises sound when you click on buttons in NASA KIDS' CLUB -- but that's just one of the clever touches NASA has included on its space-centric site. Don't expect dozens of things to do; there probably isn't enough to keep kids captivated for hours. However, the games, videos, and other activities are well-designed, easy to understand, and -- best of all -- fun. Interactive sections let you compare your weight and age on various planets; some familiar faces also pop up in a Buzz Lightyear game and a video recapping Elmo's trip to NASA.

NASA really has done a great job of incorporating educational activities on its site. Some use visual elements to help kids work out math problems, and to customize the experience, others let kids select an age group (such as kindergarten to second grade). Another bonus: Because NASA offers a text-only version of the site, even families using an old computer will be able to join in on the fun.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why it's safer to read or post comments on a moderated website like this. What kind of information would a moderator prevent from being posted? Read our tips for protecting online privacy.

  • How can you tell if a website's message board is moderated or not? What does it mean if it says somewhere on the site that messages are moderated, but when you post something, it appears on the site immediately?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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