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This is an activity about the Kepler space telescope. Learners will make a paper model of Kepler. Ideas for use include hanging all models in a display case that also houses student work. Note: the activity includes updated information about the... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: $1 - $5 per group of students

This is an activity about the planet Mars. Learners will create cratered surface models illustrating different lengths of time. Then, they will compare their models with three different surface images of Mars, placing these images in order from... (View More)

This is an activity about the position of the Moon and the Sun in the sky. Learners will use styrofoam balls to model the interactions between the Earth, Sun, and phases of the Moon. This is Activity A-5 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A... (View More)

This is a lesson about using craters to indicate the age of a planetary surface. Learners will simulate the process of cratering by using falling water drops to make craters in fine silica sand. Then, they will compare the cratered surfaces they... (View More)

This is an activity about solar and lunar eclipses. Learners will use Styrofoam balls and a single light source to model and observe how both types of eclipses occur. This is Activity A-4 of Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0: A Collection of... (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 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 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 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 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)