Moon Phases

The moon is Earths natural satellite and a key element of our night sky. This activity starts with an overview of the moon and will deepen understanding of the phases of the lunar cycle and their names. Students will then complete an investigation to discover why the moon appears to us the way it does.

Age Range: 9-11
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Lesson Time: 1 hour
Cost per activity: Medium
Includes the use of: Balls, printouts, markers

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Exoplanet Designer

In this session, students will learn about exoplanets. Working together in groups to design their own planets, students will use their imagination and creativity to decide on what sort of conditions would be present. This session also has opportunities for groups to present to the rest of the class. This session also covers themes of adaptation and evolution as they create their own unique life form to survive the conditions on one of the planets.

Age Range: 7-11
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Lesson Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cost per activity: Medium
Includes the use of: Arts and crafts supplies, computer or tablets with internet access, books

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Moon Flip-book

In this exercise we will observe the phases of the Moon over time or using Stellarium. Afterwards we draw each phase in to a series of cards, which we use to make our very own moon-book, which you can flip through to remind and entertain you.

Age Range: all ages, younger children will need help with scissors.
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Activity Time: 20 minutes
Cost per activity: Low
Materials: Scissors, Stapler, Pencil / colours, Thicker paper


Classroom Constellations

An image of the orion constellation

This lesson begins with a presentation on Constellations. Students are introduced to the Northern sky and discus topics such as: What is a constellation? What are the names of some constellations? Why are some stars brighter than others? and How do we label stars?

The activity of this lesson involves students choosing a constellation and using metal food foil and a mobile phone (or other torch) to project it onto the ceiling of the classroom.

Age Range: 7-9 years
Prep. Time: 20 mins
Lesson Time: 20 mins
Cost per activity: Printing of student’s worksheets
Includes the use of: Northern star map, mobile  phone or torch, white sheet of paper, shirt button, 20 x 20 cm food foil, laptop.

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Children of the Stars

Have you ever wondered what your body is made of? Or how much of each element you contain? Use this calculator to find out! Every element you contain that is heavier than hydrogen and helium was created over billions of years during the various developmental stages of stars. So we are made of star stuff!

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Keywords: elements, stellar evolution, human body

Jupiters moons and orbit resonance

The orbits of the planets and moons affect each other all the time, through minor gravity pulls whenever the objects are at their closest through their orbits. When these tiny pulls happen often and on a regular basis, we get something called orbit resonance. That creates simple harmonics, or ratios, where you can model the motions of e.g. Jupiters inner moons with ratios like 1:2:4.