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This course is included with our Coding/STEAM Curriculum - Middle School Plan

A collection of fun programming projects that demonstrate the application of coding to topics in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy.

  • Grades 6-8
  • Intermediate
  • Web iPad


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 the structure of the Earth, you can assign the Earth’s Composition project. Your students will use coding and outside research to create an interactive diagram about the layers of the Earth.

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 support@tynker.com.

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 1 : Phases of the Moon
Earth Science 201

Time: 45+ minutes


Tynker Blocks Introduced




Warm-Up (15 minutes)

Activities (30 minutes)

Facilitate as students complete all Phases of the Moon modules on their own:

1. Introduction (Introduction)
2. Phases of the Moon Example (Example)
3. Phases of the Moon (DIY)
4. Quiz (Multiple-choice)

Extended Activities (10 minutes)

U.S. Standards

  • NGSS-Science: MS-ESS1-1
  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1
  • CSTA: 2-AP-12, 2-AP-13, 2-AP-16, 2-AP-17
  • CS CA: 6-8.AP.13, 6-8.AP.16, 6-8.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

U.K. Standards

Key stage 3
Pupils should be taught to:
  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • create, reuse, revise and repurpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct, and know how to report concerns
  • 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.
    A sample slide presentation is available for your review. Please log in to view all the class presentations available with your plan..
    Lesson 1
    Phases of the Moon
    25 Slides
    Lesson 2
    Earth's Composition
    21 Slides
    Lesson 3
    Rock Cycle
    25 Slides
    Lesson 4
    Layers of the Ocean
    23 Slides
    Lesson 5
    Earth's Atmosphere
    27 Slides
    Lesson 6
    Spring Tides
    24 Slides
    Lesson 7
    Build an Ecosystem
    30 Slides
    Lesson 8
    31 Slides
    Lesson 9
    Greenhouse Effect
    27 Slides
    Lesson 10
    Carbon Cycle
    27 Slides
    Lesson 11
    Zodiac Stars
    22 Slides
    Lesson 12
    Gravity on the Moon
    24 Slides
    Lesson 13
    Ocean Currents
    24 Slides
    Lesson 14
    23 Slides
    Lesson 15
    Earthquakes and Tsunamis
    27 Slides
    Lesson 16
    25 Slides
    Lesson 17
    Land and Sea Breeze
    28 Slides
    Lesson 18
    Earth's Land and Water
    24 Slides
    Lesson 19
    30 Slides