TRAPPIST-1 facts for kids & students. The discovery of seven new planets could take us one step further towards finding out whether or not we’re alone in the universe!
TRAPPIST-1 Facts: Introduction
In early 2017, NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized rocky planets in orbit around a star that – in astronomical terms – isn’t very far away.
The planetary system was found by a robotic telescope, and further discoveries were made by a telescope in outer space.
As if that didn’t already sound too much like science fiction rather than ‘science fact’, NASA confirmed that three or more of the planets could potentially hold liquid water – one of the key ingredients for life!
On this page, you’ll discover facts about the star known as TRAPPIST-1, and the planets in orbit around it. Continue reading
In this article we’ll answer the question what is science for kids. Once we’ve agreed on a definition of science, we’ll look at the different types (branches) of science.
We’ll then look at the ‘scientific method’. This is the way in which scientists go about their work, and how they make their amazing discoveries!
What is science? Let’s find out … Continue reading
Active Wild is all about exploring the natural world, and this means that science is never far away! Our science articles for kids provide a thorough explanation of many scientific subjects. Each article is written in a fun, interesting way, with plenty of examples and pictures.
Find out what gravity is, how plants turn sunlight into energy, how density is measured, and much more!
Gravity is the force that keeps us from floating off into space. It literally keeps our feet on the ground! We feel the effects of gravity every second of our lives (unless we’re astronauts), but most of us don’t give it a second thought. This article sets out to explain gravity for kids – and anyone else who has ever wondered why they fall down, rather than up. Continue reading
Magnetism is an invisible force that pulls certain substances towards a magnet. Not only is magnetism a fascinating natural phenomena, it also has many practical uses. Magnets are used in all kinds of inventions: from compasses to computers. This article explains magnetism for kids, and also lists the different types of magnet, and the various uses of magnets.
Did you know that the Earth is one big magnet? Read on to find out more … Continue reading
The planet Mars is named after the Roman God of War. It is the fourth planet from the sun, and our next-door neighbour in the solar system (Earth is the third planet from the sun).
Nasa has recently found evidence of flowing water on Mars, which raises the likelihood that life may exist on the planet! We’ll investigate their findings further down the page.
This article contains Mars facts for kids (and adults!). Let’s find out more about the Red Planet … Continue reading
This page is all about density. It will show you what density is, how it is defined and how it is measured. The article includes a simple explanation and facts about density for kids.
Density Trick Question
Our investigation of density starts with a common trick question:
Which is heaviest, 1 kilogram of gold or 1 kilogram of feathers?
What is photosynthesis, and why is it so important? This article, written for kids (& inquisitive adults!), sets out to answer just that question!
In a nutshell, photosynthesis is a process that enables plants to get energy from the sun. It may not sound too important when put like that, but when you start to think about where our food comes from, then it gets a lot more interesting.
Let’s learn more about photosynthesis…
Now you’ve learned all about volcanoes, let’s have a look at some of the most famous volcanoes of all time. Read on to find out about some of the most destructive volcanic eruptions ever recorded… Continue reading
A tornado is a very strong wind that spins around at high speed. Tornadoes travel quickly over the land causing a great deal of destruction. They are powerful and dangerous… and therefore very exciting! Er, I mean, for scientists they’re very interesting!
Here are some more awesome tornado facts for kids… Continue reading