Events

The Kennedy Center: Planets in Balance
The Kennedy Center

Explore the solar system through the creation of a Calder-type mobile

ABCya! Orbital Order
ABCya!

Launch into space with Orbital Order!

DK Find Out! Space
DK

Discover facts, quizzes, and videos about the planets of the solar system, the history of space travel, and the names of stars and galaxies in the universe.

PBS Learning Media: Exploring Evidence of Earth’s Tilt
PBS Learning Media

Students explore patterns of observable phenomena, specifically duration of daylight and seasonal changes in the northern and southern hemispheres, to consider how the Earth–Sun relationship results in those observed patterns.

DK Find Out! The Solar System
DK

The solar system is our neighborhood in space. It is 4.6 billion years old.

Brains On! Mars: Our Next Home Planet?
Brains On!

In this episode we learn about Mars’ ancient past, meet an architect hoping to build cities there and we hear from Mars itself, thanks to the planet’s video blog, of course.

StarTalk: Tour of the Solar System
StarTalk

What a wondrous place our solar system is, from the terrestrial planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth that orbit close to our Sun, to the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn that have moons with the potential for life, to the icy outer giants Neptune and Uranus, which are still hold many mysteries. (Pluto, although no longer considered a planet, is discussed too.)

OLogy: Cosmic Cookies
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

Celebrate your cosmic smarts with a solar system of cookies.

OLogy: In Pictures - Beyond Planet Earth
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

What faraway places might humans travel to someday, and how will we get there?

OLogy: Solar System Scavenger Hunt
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

Size up the planets with a model scavenger hunt.

OLogy: Planetary Mysteries
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

Take a virtual tour of our solar system to explore its many mysteries.

Illuminations: Finding Our Top Speed
Illuminations (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)

This lesson sets the stage for a discussion of travel in the solar system.