PLANETS @ Home

Rosie the Rover, juggling planets

STEM Activities

Games and fun activities about NASA science for kids 8-14 years to play independently.

PLANETS @ Home Games

Apply for our STEM Kit(s)!

Submit your application for any of our free PLANETS @ Home STEM kit(s)!

Ask our planetary scientists a question!

Your question:

Find out the answers on our Social Media (see Connect with PLANETS below).

Connect with PLANETS

Tell NASA what you think!

When you've finished playing any of our PLANETS @ Home games, please fill out our brief evaluation form at the bottom of this page.

Ask a Planetary Scientist Videos

Already asked a question and want the answer? Want to see what others have asked? Check out our video interviews with Planetary Scientists at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center.

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Space Hazards Unit Cover image collage of an astronaut above a planet surface

Letter to Families

Learn how to set up your child for success with this Space Hazards Game!

Play the game and level up!

Download the game elements to print them yourself:

  • Space Hazards Game Instructions
  • Space Hazards Game Cards
  • Space Hazards Game Board

Space Hazards Game

Press image to see game instructions for each level of the Space Hazards PLANETS @ Home game.

Space Hazards Videos

Want to learn more about Space Hazards and how we mitigate them? Watch our video snippets now!

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Water in Extreme Environments Unit Cover image collage of a planet and one of its moons

Letter to Families

Learn how to set up your child for success with this Water in Extreme Environments Game!

Play the game and level up!

Download the game elements to print them yourself:

  • Water in Extreme Environments Game Instructions
  • Water in Extreme Environments Game Cards

Water in Extreme Environments Game

Press image to see game instructions for each level of the Water in Extreme Environments PLANETS @ Home game.

Water in Extreme Environments Videos

Want to learn more about Water in Extreme Environments? Watch our video snippets now!

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Want to learn more about the cards used in this game? Watch our interview video with the planetary scientists that made them!

Remote Sensing Unit Cover image collage of a remote sensing device on a planet surface

Letter to Families

Learn how to set up your child for success with this Remote Sensing Investigation!

Play the game and level up!

Download the investigation elements to print them yourself:

  • Remote Sensing Investigation Guide
  • Remote Sensing Investigation Data Packet

For more Remote Sensing on Mars, follow the Mars 2020 Mission!

Remote Sensing Investigation Guide

Press image to see enlargements of the game instructions for each level of the Remote Sensing PLANETS @ Home investigation.

Remote Sensing Videos

Want to learn more about Remote Sensing? Watch our video snippets now!

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Tell NASA what you think!

Which PLANETS @ Home Game(s) / Activity did you use?

Including you / your child, who did the activities at your house? Check the age ranges of all who played.

How much fun were the activities?

Space Hazards (select one):

Water in Extreme Environments (select one):

Remote Sensing (select one):

What is one thing you learned from the activities?

What would make the activities more fun / better?

Want more?

Try out our out-of-school time units:

While PLANETS science and engineering units were originally intended to be led by educators in out-of-school time with groups of youth, these activities can be modified to be more self-directed using educator instructions. The materials are mostly available at home – requiring few specialty items.

Please contact planets-stem@gmail.com for questions and/or modification suggestions.