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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Solar Eclipse"""" is a hands-on activity demonstrating how the particular alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon can cause an eclipse. Visitors investigate the positions of these objects to create shadows and learn about solar eclipses."
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In many rural parts of the world, people still cook with wood. They often must collect and carry the wood many miles on their backs. They also cut down trees and shrubs instead of letting them grow tall for shade. In these areas, especially if the climate is dry, there is lots of sunshine; a solar...
Grade Level   3 4
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Published in 2015
In this activity from Lawrence Hall of Science, you'll use hot and cold water to see how fluids at different temperatures move around in convection currents.
Grade Level   3 4 5
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Published in 2017
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Pocket Solar System"""" is a hands-on activity in which visitors make a scale model of the distances between objects in our solar system. They learn that there is a lot of space between planets, and that our solar neighborhood contains many other interesting features...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Solar energy is the energy that comes to the Earth from the Sun. It is commonly known as sunlight. This energy arrives in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which is energy that travels in waves. A variety of modern technologies are able to capture and convert solar energy into other useful...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Students will learn about the scale and distances of all of the planets from the Sun through modeling during this hands-on, 5E activity. Aligned to Common Core Standards, NGSS, and National Science Education Standards, this activity helps build 21st century skills in critical thinking,...
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Want to build a your very own scale model of the solar system? Fill in the diameter of the Sun you want your model to be scaled by and calculate! This site gives scaled dimensions of the planets in the solar system. Use these dimensions to create your own!
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse swept across the U.S.A. The glorious sight of the fully eclipsed sun was visible along a 60-mile-wide path arching from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions of people traveled to this “path of totality” to watch as the moon entirely covered the face of the...
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Toilet Paper Solar System is a high-interest, kinesthetic group activity in which students create a scalar model of distances in the solar system using a single roll of toilet paper. This activity can be conducted in either a long hallway or, as a special treat, outdoors. Data for two versions of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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Published in 2018
"""""Exploring the Solar System: Craters"""" is an active, hands-on activity that demonstrates how craters form, and what they can teach us about the history and composition of planets and moons. By dropping objects of various sizes and shapes into a tub full of sand and other materials,...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2015
We're heading out of this world to compare atmospheric compositions of the other planets in the solar system, as well as our own. Practically every other planet in our solar system can be considered to have an atmosphere, apart from perhaps the extremely thin, transient atmosphere of Mercury, with...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Students will learn about the planets as they create a sample travel journal that explains what it would be like to visit one of the planets.
Grade Level   4 5
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Published in 2017
A total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth once every year or two. What is an eclipse? Learn more about how solar eclipses happen, the four types of eclipses, and how to view the sun safely if you're within the path of totality.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Here is something for astronomy geeks: Our solar system as a DIY papercraft kit. The set contains all eight planets, sad little Pluto who not too long ago got demoted to ‘dwarf planet’, and – of course – our home star, the sun. Each model features a funny face showing that planet's...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Build your own system of heavenly bodies and watch the gravitational ballet. With this orbit simulator, you can set initial positions, velocities, and masses of 2, 3, or 4 bodies, and then see them orbit each other!
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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The Astronomical Society of the Pacific brings you information and resources about 2017 solar eclipses. Search through annual conference information, resource guides, ASP Mercury magazine articles, ASP Astronomy Beat articles, solar eclipse products, and Night Sky Network Eclipse 2017 resources.
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2018
"In """"Exploring the Solar System: Stomp Rockets,"""" participants learn about how some rockets carry science tools -- not scientists -- into space, and how a special kind of rocket called """"sounding rockets"""" can be used for quick, low-flying missions into space. Participants will build and...
Grade Level   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Published in 2018
"With an iPad or iPhone and this app, you can transport students to the Moon to complete astronaut missions. Best suited for elementary audiences, the app uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology to transform your classroom into a moonscape for exploration. Looking through the camera lens, students...
Grade Level   K 1 2 3 4 5
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Students discuss how scientists learn about weather on other planets, brainstorm characteristics of extreme weather on other planets, and use a video to identify new information about weather in our solar system. Then students compare and contrast weather conditions for planets in our solar system.
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Published in 2014
"This PDF has students using a light and foam ball to demonstrate the changing phases of the moon. During the activity, students are encouraged to use scientific terms, like """"""""waxing"""""""" and """"""""waning-"""""""" to describe which phase the ball is in. This modeling activity can be the...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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