Curiosity Kids

Get Curious!

Curiosity Kids is for youth of all ages. Curiosity may have landed, but the fun continues. University and college-bound students can link to scholarship and internship opportunities at NASA and partner companies of Team Curiosity partner companies. The recently released Xbox and iPhone/iPad games listed here are getting rave reviews. Check ‘em out and drive your own Curiosity Rover. Teachers, find some of the best curricula and STEM education tools ever created for science, technology, engineering, space exploration and math, thanks to resources from NASA SEMAA and the NASA Education websites. Have fun exploring and check back often for all kinds of new and fun opportunities.

 

Current Education Opportunities for Students

Rock Around the World

Send a rock from your area to a Mars scientist! Find out what the rock is made of and how it compares to the red planet.

Humans in Space Youth Art Competition

Students are invited to express their ideas about the future of human space exploration through visual, literary, musical or digital art. 2012 awardees have been posted, but be on the lookout for 2013 entry information.

World Space Week

Commemorate the beginning of the Space Age by celebrating World Space Week in your classroom, Oct. 4-10, 2013.

NASA’s Kids Club

NASA’s Kids Club presents a wide range of fun and educational games for younger kids and increasing complexity.

Find lots more opportunities, broken down by K-12 grade and higher education. Also, be sure to check out all of NASA’s educational materials.

 

GAMES

NASA’s Spacecraft 3D

Available on iTunes
NASA’s Spacecraft 3D is an augmented reality (AR) application that lets you learn about and interact with a variety of spacecraft that are used to explore our solar system, study Earth, and observe the universe. Using a printed AR Target and the camera on your mobile device, you can get up close with these robotic explorers, see how they move, and learn about the the engineering feats used to expand our knowledge and understanding of space. Spacecraft 3D will be updated over time to include more of the amazing spacecraft that act as our robotic eyes on the earth, the solar system and beyond! This app was created by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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Mars Rover Landing

Available on Xbox
How hard is it to land on Mars? Test your skills! Your mission: guide NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity to its landing site safely and on target. Use your body to direct the craft and control thrusters as you descend. Gain avatar gear and achievements for a safe landing. The rover’s success depends on you! The game is FREE, but does require a Kinect™ Sensor. Rated E for Everyone! Xbox Mars Rover Landing screen shot:

 

Rocket Science 101

Play online or download via iTunes
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to launch a NASA spacecraft with NASA’s Rocket Science 101! Select your favorite NASA mission and build a rocket to send the spacecraft into orbit. As you take the RS101 challenge, you can learn more about thrilling missions and the various components of the launch vehicles, how they are configured and how they work together to successfully launch a NASA spacecraft. NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP) does the same things for real rockets and exciting spacecraft missions every day – now it’s your turn! This game designed for computers and iPads › View this interactive featureGet the app in iTunes

For Educators

NASA Teaching Materials

NASA’s Education Materials Finder will help teachers locate resources that can be used in the classroom. You can search by keywords, grade level, product type and subject. With hundreds of publications and Web sites indexed, the finder is the best way to locate NASA educational resources. › Find Materials Now

Daily Briefing

  • Chris Carberry: One Year of Curiosity - Are We Any Closer to Sending Humans to Mars?...

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  • Read the results of a national opinion poll about human and robotic exploration of Mars....

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  • Learn about the Humans to Mars Summit and watch the live webcast on May 6-8, 2013!...

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  • Has Curiosity found clues to life's building blocks on Mars?...

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  • As we all expected one of the Mars satellites imaged the area where Curiosity landed in greater detail...

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  • Bill Nye’s reaction to the Rover’s landing as he watches it from PlanetFest in California...

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  • Christopher Carberry, head of a Beverly-based nonprofit organization pushing for human exploration of Mars by 2030, was in Pasadena, CA...

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  • It's time for NASA to set its sight on sending a human to the red planet...

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  • Jeff Horwich interviewing Chris Carberry, Executive Director of Explore Mars, on his thoughts on the future of Mars expeditions...

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  • 'Landing Parties “See we’re not all geeks” '...

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  • Image of descending Curiosity by HiRISE on MRO
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  • T-0 Days: Landing - Today is the day! Will the landing be successful? Go Curiosity!...

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  • Chris Carberry blog in Huffington Post: "Humans on Mars by 2030 can and should be our next goal."...

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  • T-1 Days: Entry, Descent and Landing ...

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  • T-2 Days: Navigation - Each rover we send to Mars is more autonomous in its navigation than the previous rovers...

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  • Explore Mars' Chris Carberry spoke on NPR's Morning Edition about excitement around Curiosity's landing...

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  • Forbes' Alex Knapp on the upcoming landing of the Mars Probe Curiosity...

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  • T-3 Days: Communications and its importance on the 23 month mission. Without communications no mission; it is a simple as that...

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  • T-4 Days: Analysis of the Curiosity rover wheels and the necessary power to allow the rover to travel across the rough Mars terrain...

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  • T-5 Days: New possibilities of a more hospitable Martian past have emerged...

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  • NPR's Diane Rehm: The U.S. Mission To Mars. Get Curious at 45:20!...

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  • "Mars Rock" lands at Houston City Hall...

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  • The Martian Invasion starts with "7 Minutes of Terror" Aug 5 2012 at Space Center Houston Landing Party...

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  • We could not drive large distances with the first mars rover; scientists named the first rock Sojourner visited “Yogi.”...

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  • Landing in 1997, a bouncing method of airbags was used to land Mars Pathfinder after having been slowed with a parachute. ...

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  • Humans on Mars by 2030! Join Explore Mars and the George Washington Univ. Space Policy Institute at the 2013 Humans to Mars Summit ...

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  • We are not living in ordinary times, and the stakes have never been higher for a Mars landing ......

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  • That’s a long tail! The giant dust-evil plume shown in this late-springtime photo of the Martian landscape of Amazonis Planitia is 1.5 mile high. ...

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National Geographic

In National Geographic’s e-short book ‘Mars Landing 2012,’ written by Washington Post science correspondent Marc Kaufman and published just as the suspense builds, with Curiosity hurtling toward Mars, space science readers

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Pre-Landing Poll

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    • Did you attend the Humans to Mars Summit (H2M)?

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