Small objects in the solar system

Within the vast expanses of our solar system, between the planets and beyond, amazing discoveries about asteroids, comets, and meteors are currently being made. Students will take on the role of working as an astronomer by using hands-on models to explore "small bodies" in our solar system, and will take a guided virtual tour. Throughout this interactive program, classes will have the opportunity to ask educators questions and engage in learning conversations.

This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:

  • Crosscutting Concept: Scale, Proportion and Quantity
  • Science and Engineering Practice: Developing and Using Models
Classrooms everywhere are invited to join this FREE webchat!

Dates: Thursday, April 19th
This program will be broadcasted twice.
Times: 9:10am PT (12:10pm ET) or 10:10am PT (1:10pm ET)
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: Free!
Target Audience: 3rd - 8th Grade
Interactivity Options: Teacher using a Chat Box

What to expect during this Special Live Event
Small objects in our solar system

This 45-minute program will begin with students traveling on a virtual expedition into our Solar System to explore impact craters on a mystery object, and how they compare to impact craters on Earth.

During the scale model investigation, they’ll place the cutouts of the objects on maps of Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and the United States to conceptualize and compare their sizes. They will also make inferences about how these objects’ surface and shape has been affected by impacts.

After exploring the scale of these objects, students will compare their orbits and make inferences about how an object’s orbit might affect its likelihood of impact. Students will then observe images of an impact on Jupiter’s surface to examine what impacts look like on gaseous planets. We will discuss whether all objects in the Solar System are affected by impacts, and what those impacts look like on different objects.

Finally, we will discuss why there are so many impact craters all over the Solar System and how we can predict when future impacts will occur on Earth.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature!
Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy science educators about their curiosities regarding the solar system.

Technology Required

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and teachers will enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window.

To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet.
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free application Zoom installed on your computer or tablet.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.

Can't join us on April 19th? Check out other Special Live Events or book a one-on-one session with an Academy educator.

Grades: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Program Duration: 45 minutes
Capacity: 75
Price: Free
Time Slots: 9:10 am, 10:10 am