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This is a set of two activities about time. First, in Cosmic Calendar, learners will scale the evolution of the Universe to a one-year calendar, with the Big Bang occurring on the first moment of January first. Then, in Time-Line Scale Model of the... (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 constellations. Learners will first draw familiar pictures and shapes within circles to introduce the concept of pattern recognition, then create their own unique constellation patterns from an arrangement of dots similar... (View More)

This activity uses the height of the North Star, Polaris, in the northern horizon as a means of determining the observer's latitude. This link between the height of the star and the latitude was critical for navigation by peoples in the Northern... (View More)

This is an activity about telescopes. Learners will first measure several circles to determine their diameters and calculate their areas. Afterwards, they will cover each circle entirely with pennies and record how many pennies are needed for each... (View More)

This is an activity about astrobiology. Learners will research one planet within our Solar System and create an alien based on the temperature, gravity, terrain, radiation exposure, composition, and atmosphere of that planet. Then, each person will... (View More)

This activity is about symbols used by various cultures to interpret the Sun. Learners will do three separate activities to illustrate how astronomy was important to both ancient and present day cultures. First, they will learn about Sun symbols... (View More)

This is an activity about observing. Learners will look for particular stars, their colors and brightnesses, as well as important constellations in the nighttime sky. They also will compare the relative brightness of the sky near towns to gauge the... (View More)

This activity is about symbols used by various cultures to interpret the Sun. Learners will do three separate activities to illustrate how astronomy was important to both ancient and present day cultures. First, they will learn about Sun symbols... (View More)

This is an activity about size and scale. Learners will identify and label their location on a series of maps, at successively larger scales, starting with their classroom location outward to the Milky Way galaxy. This is Activity H-1 of Universe at... (View More)