Noon Day Project

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE)
Summary:The goal of the Noon Day Project is to have students measure the circumference of the Earth using a method that was first used by Eratosthenes over 2,000 years ago. Students at various sites around the world measure shadows cast by a meter stick and compare the results. From this data, students will be able to calculate the circumference of the Earth.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 1
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS1.A; ESS1.B
NGSS Performance Expectations:5-ESS1-1; 5-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-2; HS-ESS1-3; MS-ESS1-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Developing and using models; Engaging in argument from evidence; Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Energy and matter: Flows, cycles, and conservation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; astronomy; earth; elementary school; high school; middle school; sun
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