aCTIVITIES

Our collection of fun, educational and interesting things to do. Activities and classroom resources for teachers and students. 

Activities associated with our movies can be found on the corresponding movie page.

Please note that all links are external. Starr's Planetarium has no control of and bears no responsibility for their content.

Space Scoop News Service
Space Scoop News Service
Astronomy news service for children. The idea behind Space Scoop is to change the way science is often perceived by children as an outdated and dull subject. By sharing exciting new astronomical discoveries with them, we can inspire children to develop an interest in science and technology.
For ages 8+ with links to scientific publications for older children and adults.
Activity can be found [here]
Zooniverse

Zooniverse

Help NASA Scientists. Multiple NASA projects depend on volunteers. Just a few minutes of training is enough to contribute to the search for black holes, comets exoplanets, and asteroids. Anyone can contribute to real academic research. Projects available across all of the sciences.

Whatever your interest, there's a Zooniverse project for you. Perfect for the school holidays.

Suitable for all ages.

Activity can be found [here]

Star Stories Of The Dreaming

Star Stories Of The Dreaming Guide

The study of the sky knowledge of ancient and traditional cultures is called 'cultural astronomy' and it looks at how the knowledge of the night sky was important in Indigenous peoples’ culture, ceremonies and daily life.

The Star Stories of the Dreaming guide tells some of the rich cultural astronomy stories of the Kamilaroi and Euahlayi peoples.

For School Years K-10

Activity can be found [here]

NASA Earth Observatory

NASA Earth Observatory

 

The purpose of NASA’s Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication where the public can obtain new imagery and scientific information about our home planet.

EO Kids is written for audiences aged 9 to 14. It includes cool experiments and focuses on the Earth’s climate and environmental change.

NASA EO kids is for School Years 3 - 9

NASA EO is for School Years 9+

Activity can be found [here]

NASA STEM At Home

NASA STEM @ home​. K - 4

Build it!

Launch it!

Solve it!

Colour it!

Play it!

Read it!

Fantastic at home projects from NASA.

For School Years K-4

Activity can be found [here]

Wired - The Game

Wired - The Game (non-astronomy)

 

Designed at the University of Cambridge, this gives teenagers an understanding of electricity by solving a series of puzzles in a bid to encourage more of them to study engineering at university. 
The game teaches the key mathematical concepts underpinning electricity and gets players solving problems that are not usually encountered until A-level physics.

For School Years 7+

Activity can be found [here]

Story Time From Space

Story Time From Space

 

Imagine Astronauts on the Space Station reading stories to, and conducting science experiments for the children of Earth as the world rotates below.
Imagine no more…

 

it’s Story Time from Space!

For ages 5+

Activity can be found [here]

The Awesome Amateur Astronomer

The Awesome Amateur Astronomer

 

This guide will introduce you to every aspect of astronomy—in 10 steps! Each step has a list of things you can do to conquer that topic and a badge you can earn to show you've reached that level of awesomeness! When you have collected all 10 badges, you get the superbadge, declaring you the awesome amateur astronomer that you’ll be!

For all ages.

Activity can be found [here]

NASA Space Place

NASA Space Place

NASA Space Place's mission is to inspire and enrich primary aged kids' learning of space and Earth science online through fun games, hands-on activities, informative articles and engaging short videos. With resources for parents and teachers, NASA Space Place has something for everyone.

For School Years 3 - 8.

Activity can be found [here]

Cassini Retro Posters

Cassini Retro Posters

A series of retro posters designed to celebrate Cassini's Grand Finale after almost 20 years in space. Cassini's 20th-century technology has shaped the future of 21st-century science. So maybe it's not surprising artists have found inspiration both the past and the future in creating inspiring artwork to celebrate the mission.

For all ages

Activity can be found [here]

Invisible Universe Activity Guide

Invisible Universe Activity

Not until recently have we been able to look at the Universe with the help of other sorts of light than just visible light. Radio-, infrared-, gamma-, UV- and X-rays give astronomers a peek into a completely new world: the ‘invisible’ Universe. The activity guide ‘The Invisible Universe’ was created to inspire school students and introduce them to this ‘invisible’ world.

For ages 8+

Activity can be found [here]

NASA's Lithograph Set

Solar System Lithograph Set

 

This solar system lithograph set is NASA's most downloaded file. The set features images of the planets, the sun, asteroids, comets, meteors and meteorites, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud, and moons of the solar system. General information, significant dates, interesting facts and brief descriptions of the images are included

For all ages

Activity can be found [here]

Universe In A Box
Universe In A Box
Universe in a Box was developed to meet a demand for practical, interactive, and fun resources to bring astronomy to the classroom. It provides teachers and educators with over 40 practical activities as well as the materials and models required to do them. 
For ages 4-10
The DIY guide is [here]
The activity book is [here]
Build Your Own Solar System
Build Your Own Solar System

Creating a scale model of the solar system with your students is a great way for them to experience the vastness of the solar system and the relative sizes and locations of the planets and other solar system objects. Some of these activities can work in a classroom. For others, you will need to go outside.

For all ages

Activities are found [here]

As The World Turns
As The World Turns
 
Night and day are like two different worlds. In this creative activity for very young children, we introduce the concept of the spinning Earth.
Children learn the concept of the motion of the Earth and the idea that we are not living on a static world. 
For ages 4+
Activity can be found [here]
Colouring The Earth
Colouring The Earth
 
See the Earth as it really is in this colouring activity, with no borders
between countries. Just a sphere sitting in space.
This activity improves observational skills and creativity and gives a sense of global citizenship.
For ages 4+ 
Activity can be found [here]
Eclipses In The Classroom

Creating Eclipses In The Classroom

Eclipses have been shrouded in myth and legend throughout history. How do they happen?

In this activity, explore these fascinating phenomena with an easy to build model and learn about the movement of the Sun, the Earth and Moon.

For ages 6+

Activity can be found [here]

Design An Alien
 
Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them to other worlds within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System.
For ages 8+
Activity can be found [here]
DIY Solar System
DIY Solar System
 
In this imaginative craft activity, children make the planets of our Solar System using a template of an icosahedron (a polyhedron with 20 triangular faces, 30 edges and 12 vertices). They then decorate their planets with sand, glue, cotton wool, paint, glitter...the sky is the limit!​
For ages 6+
Activity can be found [here]
ISS EarthKAM

ISS EarthKAM

 

A NASA program that enables students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. Students request ISS images of specific locations on Earth. Images are available in a EarthKAM image archive. This image collection and accompanying activities are extraordinary resources to engage students in Earth and space science, geography, social studies, mathematics and communications.

For School Years 5-9

Activity can be found [here]

Dr Seahorse Sees Spots

DR. Seahorse Sees Spots

Today Dr. Seahorse examines the freckles of the sun. Freckles? Well, they're really called 'sunspots'.

Take a look!

Children will also learn about the importance of safety when observing the Sun using the naked eye or instruments. 

For ages 6+

Activity can be found [here]

Cassini's Grand Finale Video

Cassini's Grand Finale Video

The final chapter in a remarkable mission of exploration and discovery.

This animated video tells the story of Cassini's final, daring assignment and looks back at what the mission has accomplished.

For all ages

Activity can be found [here]

Cosmos In Your Pocket

Cosmos In Your Pocket Book

There are loads of creative, artsy activities all related to our night sky; design your own constellations, write an ode to your favourite planet or draw a portrait of the Moon. Alternately, just learn some fun facts about the Universe. This little book fits right in your pocket, so you can take it anywhere.

 

For ages 4+

Activity can be found [here]

NASA 60th

NASA 60th Anniversary

 

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. 

Join us in celebrating this historic event with some great classroom resources.

Available movies: The Space Shuttle.   Journeys Of Apollo.   50 Years Of Spacewalks.

Suitable for all ages.

Activity can be found [here]

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