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This is an activity about assumptions and stereotypes. Learners will first sketch what they perceive an astronomer looks like. After, they will together discuss their images and research the preparation that is required to become an astronomer.... (View More)

This is an activity about communication. Starting first with the message attached to the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft, learners explore what might be put into a message to a presumed intelligent being who does not understand our language, symbols,... (View More)

This is an activity about science and pseudo-science. Learners will examine the validity of astrology by charting birth dates of U.S. presidents and by comparing horoscopes in different newspapers. After, students will attempt to identify their own... (View More)

This is an activity about astrology and the scientific reasons behind the zodiac cycle. Learners will form a model by sitting in a circle, holding constellation signs, and placing a light source representing the Sun in the middle. Then, using the... (View More)

This is an activity about size and scale. Learners will construct accurate size models of the Earth and Moon out of clay and use them to model the Earth-Moon distance. This is Actividad 4.1 as part of El Universo a Sus Pies, a Spanish-language... (View More)

This is an activity about distance and scale. Learners will make a kinesthetic 3-D model to represent the distances of stars in the constellations Ursa Major and Orion. This is Activity F-7 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A Collection of... (View More)

This is an activity about comets. Depending on the grade level of learners, either the instructor or the learners will construct a model comet using dry ice, ammonia, dirt, corn syrup, and water. This is Actividad 5.3 as part of El Universo a Sus... (View More)

This is an activity about constellations. Learners will create a simple star finder using basic materials and learn to use it to be able to identify constellations in the night sky for various dates and times. The star finder can also be used to... (View More)

This is an activity about Moon phases. Learners will use a Styrofoam ball to simulate the Moon, which will be lit by a single light source in the classroom. Then, they will observe how different portions of the Moon ball are illuminated as they hold... (View More)

This is an activity about investigating students' preconceptions of the Moon's appearance and its phases. Learners will first draw an image of how they think the Moon looks and then discuss as a group why the drawn pictures may vary. Then, learners... (View More)