NASA's Space Place

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Site shows kids the fun in learning about science and tech.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn facts and information about space through projects, Q&A, and interactive games. NASA's Space Place features topics ranging from the solar system to people and technology. Boredom won't be an issue, as there's an impressive mix of activities. Kids can play clever games about comets, get instructions on how to build a physics machine, and soak up photo galleries of Earth. Visually complex games and activities that incorporate detailed scientific information await.

Positive Messages

The games and activities that are offered to teach kids about space feature a fun, excited tone that should spark kids' interest in science and the world around them.

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Sexy Stuff

There are no ads on the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NASA's Space Place is a site with interactive games, projects, and facts about space and Earth science. The space-related questions kids submit to the site are sent via Formspring, a Q&A website that launches in a separate window but doesn't require registration. (We don't recommend that young kids register on the site because of inappropriate content, but using the Space Place form without registering is safe. If you do register, the site requires you to enter a username, password, email address, and birthday -- or you can sign in using a Facebook account.)

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygoddardrules July 1, 2011

Excellent place to visit

Our school age children used it during our Space Camp and they loved it. All the activities were easy to navigate and even I got addicted to all the games. Th... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 6, 2011

loves it

Im just gonna sum it up, they let the kinders in my school use it. ITS SAFE
Teen, 13 years old Written bymoviegeek222 April 9, 2008

What's it about?

NASA's Space Place -- started in 1998 by NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and International Technology and Engineering Education Association -- is an educational outreach project with dozens of activities. Each is marked as something elementary age kids can play, explore, or do. Content is grouped into five sections: the sun, Earth, solar system, space, and people and technology. An additional parents and educators tab offers classroom activities, printable posters, and other space-related science examples.

Is it any good?

NASA'S SPACE PLACE was started in 1998 as an education and public outreach project for elementary-school-age kids and is a joint effort from NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and International Technology and Engineering Education Association.

Split into sections on the sun, solar system, and other space-related subject matter, each activity and item is clearly marked as something kids can explore, do, or play. The games, which illustrate principles such as how a black hole works, are interesting and informative. Younger kids may be a little confused by the sometimes lengthy directions, but there are enough galaxy-related craft ideas, images of the sun, and other items on NASA's Space Place to keep kids occupied, even if they aren't able to read yet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safety concerns for sites like this that encourage you to like them on Facebook or access Facebook using their site. What does it mean when you click over to Facebook from another site and are asked to allow access to your profile info?

  • Families can also talk about what science is, and why it's fun to learn about.

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