What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Space.com is a website that provides the most current space-related information, videos, and images. It's a serious and vast resource for space stuff, which will appeal to budding astronauts, but it may be too dense for younger or not-so-interested kids. You can post comments about videos using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail accounts, but note that chats aren't moderated, so the reliability of the content in the conversations vary. Comment debates can get heated -- for example, read the arguments about whether or not God created the universe.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids will enjoy looking up topics that interest them, like stars or the search for alien life forms. However, activities on the site are limited to reading articles and watching video clips, so non-space buffs may not find it that fun.
This detailed site lets kids go deep into space-related study; they can search for resources by topic or recent events, and it's all very detailed. Information is accurate and up to date, and kids can gain research skills.
Space.com is short on resources to help kids struggling to understand its content; it's not especially kid-friendly and is only accessible to English-speaking users.
What's it about?
SPACE.COM provides up-to-date news about all things space. It offers kids news articles, images, video clips, and streaming TV shows to help them learn about the universe surrounding the planet we live on. You can see what space-related topics are trending, or click one of the following menu bar topics: Tech, Spaceflight, Science & Astronomy, Search for Life, Skywatching, Entertainment, and Shop. Each topic contains a series of recent articles; for example, Entertainment hosts a variety of tidbits about space-related pop culture. This includes previews of space-themed films (Star Trek!), blurbs about famous people who plan to travel commercially to space, and video clips of astronauts dancing.
Is it any good?
Kids interested in the search for alien life, skywatching, and space exploration will like knowing what is happening in space today. News is organized by recent events and by topic so kids can quickly access what they're interested in. Parents will appreciate that all information is up to date and from reliable sources. However, kids who aren't already interested in space may have a hard time wading through the detailed information; although the site is well organized and contains solid information, it's not all that kid-friendly.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about their own night sky. Planning ahead will ensure a good skywatching experience, so make sure to check the weather. Ask your kids what they'll need to go stargazing (binoculars or a telescope, for example).
Ask your child what they would explore first if they could go into space. What types of technology would they need to make discoveries?
Talk to your kids about life on other planets. Do they believe aliens exist? Read an article on the subject together to see what NASA scientists think.