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This list has been curated by a Central Park volunteer parent taking into account the Central Park mission and vision that incorporates a new educational model of STEAM, project-based learning, design thinking and passion-led learning.

 

Details change constantly so please Google the title for the latest accurate information.

 

This list was created based on the following principles:

 

1) It must be fun.

2) It should have feedback that helps the child learn other than simply "right" or "wrong".

3) Visual representations of concepts are a bonus.

4) Kinesthetic manipulations are a bonus.

5) It should allow the child to create solutions in more than one method.

6) It should have have room for a child to create not just replicate.

7) It should promote interaction not just 1-way passive observation.

8) It should have minimal advertising.

9) Educational content that aligns with Common Core or Next Generation Science Standards are a bonus.

ReadyJetGo_Web.jpg"Curiosity about space starts very early. As soon as kids are old enough to look up at the night sky, they begin to wonder: what is up there? Is there life somewhere, impossibly far away? Can we get there? Who better to ask about space than someone who’s actually been there – an alien boy named Jet Propulsion! READY JET GO! is a kid’s first introduction to space, earth science, and technology, presented in an entertaining and engaging way that will inspire a life-long interest. Kids ages 3 to 8 will be learning alongside a seasoned space traveler. As an alien from Borton 7, Jet sees our Planet Earth like we want our kids to see it: with a sense of curiosity and wonder."

 

http://pbskids.org/readyjetgo/

NASA Kids Club

NASAKidsClub.jpg"NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions.

On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

 

The NASA Kids' Club Picture Show is an image gallery of some of NASA's coolest and most interesting pictures. They may be used as conversation starters or writing prompts to lead children in discussions about STEM-related topics and current events.

The Now in Space slideshow introduces young explorers to the crew currently orbiting Earth on the International Space Station.

 

Student games on NASA websites entertain as well as educate. They support national education standards in STEM for students in kindergarten through fourth grade."

 

http://www.nasa.gov/kidsclub/index.html

National Geographic Kids

NationalGeographicKids.jpg"Nat Geo Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events, and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core."

 

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/