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This is an activity about using large numbers in astronomy. Learners will first estimate how long it would take to count to a billion, if it was a full-time job. Then, they will judge their estimates using a calculator to get a more definitive... (View More)

This is an activity about the Earth's revolution as it relates to the zodiac. Learners will role-play, acting as the revolving Earth and Sun, while others will hold signs of the 12 zodiac constellation names to form a circle around the Earth-Sun... (View More)

This is an activity about digital imagery and technology. Learners will create a picture using graph paper containing ones and zeroes and instruct others to reproduce it without showing it to them, just like digital technology. After, in groups,... (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 Actividad 6.5 as part of El Universo a Sus Pies, a Spanish-language... (View More)

This is an activity exploring the connections between astronomy and culture. Learners will design their own constellation pattern based on the stars representing Ursa Major and write a short story to go along with their design. Then, they will share... (View More)

This is an activity about telling time. Learners will construct a northern-hemisphere star clock and will set their star clocks based on the position of the Big Dipper in the sky. Then, they will use their star clocks to predict where the Big Dipper... (View More)

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 spectroscopy. Learners make their own spectroscope and measure the wavelengths of spectral lines. Then, they will record the colors, patterns, and wavelengths of the lines from various light sources. This activity requires... (View More)

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)

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