Impacts in the Solar System (Grades 4 - 8)
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 an astronomer by using hands-on models to explore "small bodies" in our solar system, and also take a guided virtual tour of outer space. 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: Using Models
Duration: 45 - 60 minutes
Target Audience: 4th-8th graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more
Price: $70 per session
Title I Discount: 50% off
Bulk Discount: 20% off (pre-book 5+ sessions)
Group Size: 8-65 students per session
Multilingual support: English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin
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In this live, interactive program, students will travel 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.
Through the use of scale models and observations of orbits paths, students will make inferences about an object’s likelihood of an impact.
Students will then observe images of an impact on Jupiter’s surface to examine what impacts look like on gaseous planets.
Based on the evidence collected, 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.
- Use the preparation checklist to make sure you don't miss a step in the process.
- The technical guide will help you become more familiar with our online platform, Zoom.
- Nervous about the technology, you can schedule a FREE technical check-in with Academy staff to walk you through how to connect the day of the program.
Science and Engineering Practices:
- Using Models
Disciplinary Core Ideas:
- ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.
- MS-ESS2-3.1: Earth’s Systems Science findings are frequently revised and/or reinterpreted based on new evidence.
Cross Cutting Concepts:
- Scale, Proportion and Quantity