What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SEA AND SKY is a personal website created by a web designer who shares accurate, in-depth information about his hobbies: marine biology, oceanography, and astronomy. The site is supported by ads, which sometimes blend in with the content. Overall, it's engaging, educational, and safe for kids.
What kids can learn
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Sophisticated enough to appeal to teens and adults without being too technical for curious kids. Some interactive content and photo galleries are wonderful, but most of the content is written, and therefore less engaging for kids.
Kids will mainly learn by reading; although there are photo galleries, a few basic games, and a clickable tour of the deep sea, most of Sea and Sky is made up of written content rather than interactive features.
Includes an astronomy reference guide and profiles of key astronomers, astronauts, and space missions. Guides about setting up an aquarium and observing celestial events encourage kids to continue learning offline.
What's it about?
Created by a web designer who moonlights as an amateur astronomer and marine biologist, Sea and Sky encourages kids to explore these two amazing natural realms. Visitors will find a guide to exploring the cosmos, information on maintaining an aquarium, recent scientific breakthroughs in the fields, book reviews, cool nature photos, and more.
Is it any good?
Sea and Sky's breadth of information is impressive, especially for a site that's maintained as a hobby. The content comes from reliable sources (like NASA and science journals) and is sophisticated enough to appeal to teens and adults without being too technical for curious kids. An interactive tour of the deep seas introduces visitors to unusual marine life in a creative way, and photo galleries include some breathtaking shots. Most of the content is written, though; adding more interactive features could make Sea and Sky even more engaging, especially for younger explorers.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about safe, smart ways to search for information online. How do you know if something is a trustworthy, reliable source?
There are ongoing discussions about funding different types of exploration. Where do you think the priority should be -- in space or in the sea?