At the National Science Teachers Association’s annual conference in April, NASA announced a new web site, called Kids’ Club, that features animated, entertaining, and educational activities for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. Interactive games on the site teach children about exploring space, building and launching rockets, keeping airplanes on schedule, how a comet travels through the solar system, and more. The site serves a dual purpose, NASA said: Children can play games at home for entertainment, and educators can use it as a fun way to reach students in the classroom, during after-school programs, or anywhere children and computers are together. “Our goal with the Kids’ Club is to provide a medium that encourages children’s interest in exploring the subjects important to developing early skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Angela Phillips Diaz, NASA’s acting assistant administrator for education. “The Kids’ Club combines entertainment with NASA’s unique mission content and educational resources.” Educational games and activities were developed for five different skill levels and reportedly support various national education standards in science and math.
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