Once your students have completed at least five lessons of Programming 101 or equivalent coding experience, you can assign these NGSS-aligned projects to complement your teaching on topics in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. For example, if you’re teaching a lesson on planets, you can assign the Solar System project. Your students will use coding to animate the movement of the Solar System and do their own outside research to provide additional information about each planet.

With this collection of earth science projects, you can easily integrate coding and project-based learning into your curriculum. Each STEM lesson walks students through how to make a project about something they’re learning in school with step-by-step instructions. At each step, it encourages them to make their project unique and interesting, emphasizing that coding is a creative medium much like writing or drawing.

We’re constantly updating our STEM courses with new projects, so if there’s something you’d like us to add, send us a message at

What Students Learn

  • Use programming for science projects
  • Build a slide show on a topic
  • Build a quiz game
  • Make an interactive charts and models
  • Use animation to illustrate
  • Narrate using your own voice
  • Use the physics engine to model
  • Troubleshoot and debug programs

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.
* Tablet courses require an iPad (iOS 10+) with Tynker or Tynker Junior app installed and Internet access

Lesson Summary

Create a project that shows the planets in our solar system.
In this lesson, students will watch an interactive project to learn about the different names of planets and their location in the Solar System. Next, students will follow a step-by-step tutorial in the DIY (do-it-yourself) module to create their own version of the project they just watched! Activities include changing the background, adding background music, programming planets to orbit and draw their orbits, using code blocks to clear the orbit lines, and labeling the planets! If students finish early, ask them to complete the bonus activities in “Steps 9-12” of the tutorial.

After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 multiple-choice quiz questions about the Solar System. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., simple sound playing, simple loops, advanced costume handling, delays, simple motion, direction and turning, simple drawing) while creating an interactive model of the Solar System!

Code Blocks

  • The Solar System: Our system of eight planets and other objects that move around (orbit) the Sun

Students will...
  • Analyze an interactive model of the Solar System
  • Label planets
  • Use code blocks to create a model of the Solar System

  • Computers or iPads (1 per student) with student account access to

  • simple sound playing
  • simple loops
  • advanced costume handling
  • delays
  • simple motion
  • direction and turning
  • simple drawing

  • NGSS-Science: ESS1.B
  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: L.RF.3.4.A, SL.3.1 L.RF.4.4.A, SL.4.1 L.RF.5.4.A, SL.5.1
  • CSTA: 1B-AP-11, 1B-AP-12, 1B-AP-15
  • CS CA: 3-5.AP.10, 3-5.AP.13, 3-5.AP.14, 3-5.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

Class Presentations

These student-facing slide presentations help educators seamlessly run Tynker lessons in a virtual or physical classroom setting. Each lesson has its own set of slides that introduce the big ideas, suggest unplugged activities, and include a section for each activity module. While running lesson slides, you can switch back and forth between the activity, the slides, answer keys and other lesson materials.
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Lesson 1
Solar System
30 Slides
Lesson 2
Space Traveler
23 Slides
Lesson 3
Water Cycle
27 Slides
Lesson 4
Litter Bug!
27 Slides
Lesson 5
Types of Clouds
25 Slides
Lesson 6
Rock Properties
22 Slides
Lesson 7
22 Slides
Lesson 8
24 Slides
Lesson 9
22 Slides
Lesson 10
How Fossils are Made
25 Slides
Lesson 11
Natural Disasters
26 Slides
Lesson 12
19 Slides
Lesson 13
19 Slides
Lesson 14
Earth's Weather
18 Slides
Lesson 15
Earth's 4 Spheres
28 Slides
Lesson 16
Earth's Rotation and Revolution
24 Slides
Lesson 17
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
26 Slides
Lesson 18
Water Erosion
28 Slides
Lesson 19
Fresh Water Quest
23 Slides
Lesson 20
What Happens In Recycling Centers?
28 Slides