Get inspired by Space

using Beyond100K Partner
Tools and Resources

Welcome, Educators!

We’re thrilled you’re interested in nurturing your students’ love of space!

This resource is designed to help you find activities that you can easily integrate into your classroom. These activities, curated from and by Beyond100K partners, leading organizations in STEM teaching and learning, are divided by grade level and subject area and designed to support you and your students.

For questions or to submit additional resources, please email info@beyond100k.org

PreK-2 Resources

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics
NGSS Aligned: Science and Engineering Practice: Constructing Explanations Observing and LS1.A Structure and Function

Description: NASA Universe of Learning curriculum ideas to support English Language Learners through STEM education opportunities. Curriculum was developed and piloted with youth who are English language learners and typically under-represented in STEM fields. Available in English.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: MS. Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Gravity and Orbits simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about gravitational force, circular motion, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Blackbody Spectrum simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about blackbodies, Planck’s law, Wien’s law, electromagnetic radiation, quantum mechanics, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: ESS1, ESS2, ESS3

Description: Download our coloring book to help students explore Earth and space science through creating their own art.

Available in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

Grades 3-5 Resources

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics
NGSS Aligned: Science and Engineering Practice: Constructing Explanations Observing and LS1.A Structure and Function

Description: NASA Universe of Learning curriculum ideas to support English Language Learners through STEM education opportunities.  Curriculum was developed and piloted with youth who are English language learners and typically under-represented in STEM fields. Available in English.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Engineering
NGSS Aligned: Each of three units contains NGSS aligned content.

Description: PLANETS is a free out-of-school time (OST) program for educators and youth in grades 3-8‚ that provides STEM learning with an emphasis on NASA planetary science and engineering, particularly for underserved audiences using principles of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.  Some intended audiences include Indigenous learners, multilingual learners, and learners experiencing differing physical abilities.

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: MS. Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Gravity and Orbits simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about gravitational force, circular motion, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Blackbody Spectrum simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about blackbodies, Planck’s law, Wien’s law, electromagnetic radiation, quantum mechanics, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: ESS1, ESS2, ESS3

Description: Download our coloring book to help students explore Earth and space science through creating their own art.

Available in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering
NGSS Aligned: Aligned to NGSS and CA CTE

Description: Our Aerospace STEM team has developed resources for teaching space in the classroom including slide packages, video, student worksheets and lesson plans on a variety of topics. Available in English.

Grades 6-8 Resources

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics
NGSS Aligned: Aligned to NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Description: Follow the Journey of the James Webb Space Telescope mission and access lessons for STEM content across the curriculum. This ESRI storymap includes: photos, text, community/school engagement resources, and updates on the mission.  This resource can be used by educators in school districts, community night presentations, science outreach and there are incredible resources to engage kids and adults. 

Available in English.

Content Area: Science and Technology

Description: This is a video and lesson plan with classroom resources that explores the privatization of space travel and the impacts it has on the planet. Students can dialogue with other youth around the country about this issue on KQED Learn Discussions.

Available in English.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: MS. Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Gravity and Orbits simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about gravitational force, circular motion, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Blackbody Spectrum simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about blackbodies, Planck’s law, Wien’s law, electromagnetic radiation, quantum mechanics, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Art

Description: Cindi in Space is a comic book developed to explain the NASA CINDI mission (a scientific instrument on an Air Force research satellite).

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Art

Description: Cindi in the Ionosphere is the second in our “Cindi in Space” comic book series.  This one explains what the Earth’s ionosphere is, how it is formed, and the scientific exploration of it.

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Art

Description: Cindi in the Solar Wind is the third comic book in our “Cindi in Space” series.  This comic book explains about the solar wind and how it interacts with the magnetic fields (magnetospheres) of the various planets in the solar system.

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: ESS1, ESS2, ESS3

Description: Download our coloring book to help students explore Earth and space science through creating their own art.

Available in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering
NGSS Aligned: Aligned to NGSS and CA CTE

Description: Our Aerospace STEM team has developed resources for teaching space in the classroom including slide packages, video, student worksheets and lesson plans on a variety of topics. Available in English.

Grades 9-12 Resources

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics
NGSS Aligned: Aligned to NGSS Science and Engineering Practices

Description: Follow the Journey of the James Webb Space Telescope mission and access lessons for STEM content across the curriculum. This ESRI storymap includes: photos, text, community/school engagement resources, and updates on the mission.  This resource can be used by educators in school districts, community night presentations, science outreach and there are incredible resources to engage kids and adults. 

Available in English.

Content Area: Science and Technology

Description: This is a video and lesson plan with classroom resources that explores the privatization of space travel and the impacts it has on the planet. Students can dialogue with other youth around the country about this issue on KQED Learn Discussions.

Available in English.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: MS. Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Gravity and Orbits simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about gravitational force, circular motion, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: Space Systems and HS. Space Systems standards

Description: PhET’s Blackbody Spectrum simulation is a fun, free, interactive, research-based simulation to teach about blackbodies, Planck’s law, Wien’s law, electromagnetic radiation, quantum mechanics, and astronomy. Access dozens of Teaching Resources and teacher-contributed activities from https://phet.colorado.edu/
Available in English, Spanish and more than 70 additional languages.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Art

Description: Cindi in Space is a comic book developed to explain the NASA CINDI mission (a scientific instrument on an Air Force research satellite).

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Art

Description: Cindi in the Ionosphere is the second in our “Cindi in Space” comic book series.  This one explains what the Earth’s ionosphere is, how it is formed, and the scientific exploration of it.

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science, Technology and Art

Description: Cindi in the Solar Wind is the third comic book in our “Cindi in Space” series.  This comic book explains about the solar wind and how it interacts with the magnetic fields (magnetospheres) of the various planets in the solar system.

Available in English and Spanish.

Content Area: Science
NGSS Aligned: ESS1, ESS2, ESS3

Description: Download our coloring book to help students explore Earth and space science through creating their own art.

Available in English, Spanish, French and Mandarin.

Content Area: Science, Technology, Engineering
NGSS Aligned: Aligned to NGSS and CA CTE

Description: Our Aerospace STEM team has developed resources for teaching space in the classroom including slide packages, video, student worksheets and lesson plans on a variety of topics. Available in English.