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Learning Exercise

Material: NASA Website
Submitted by: Kendia Herrington on Jun 30, 2006
Date Last Modified: Jun 30, 2006
Title: Voyager & Planets
Description: This lab/activity will show the relative the size and distance of the planets in the solar system and the solar system to other stars in the galaxy.
Time Required 30-45 min
Topics: Astronomy - 8.4
Audience: High School, Middle School
Prerequisites Skills: Understanding angles and distance
Learning Objectives: Visually see the distance and size of objects in the solar system.
Technical Notes: When you go on NASA'a site, search for: JPL 400-1003 and you will get the pdf activity.

You need a large field to do this activity.
Text of Learning Exercise: Have the students bring in an old baseball cap and give them a planet. They
color the hat in the color of their planet and they make a scaled model of their
planet and place it on the rim. When they go to their spot in the solar
system, have them point the rim of their hat in the direction of the orbit.
This allows you to bring in vectors and motion to the activity.
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