Many children have already heard of black holes, with the understanding that they are bottomless wells. If something falls into a black hole, it is impossible for it to escape — even light cannot escape and is swallowed. That is how a black hole gets its name; it is a point in space that does not give out any light. It is not easy to explain black holes in a simple way, but this experi- ence will help children visualize the concept. Black holes, Gravity, Space, Time
Review the environmental factors that make Earth habitable and compare them to another world within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System. Habitable Life Extra-terrestrial Alien Solar System Earth Art Creative Environment
An understanding of optics begins with exploring and enjoying the fun and tricks of light. In this activity, make a simple periscope that will let you see around corners and over walls. Light , Reflection , Periscope
During an eclipse, the Sun or the Moon seems to disappear. What is happening? Why not explore this fascinating phenomenon in the classroom, with an easy to build model?
In this activity students will build, and observe with, simple refractory telescope providing an interactive introduction to light, lenses and refraction. Galileo Galilei, Refraction, Lenses, Telescope
Review the environmental factors that make the Earth habitable and compare them to another worlds within our Solar System. Use creative thinking to design an alien life form suited for specific environmental conditions on an extra-terrestrial world within our Solar System. Habitable, Life, Extra-terrestrial, Alien, Environment, Solar System, Earth, Art, Creative, Planets
In this imaginative craft activity, children make the planets of our Solar System using a template of an icosahedron (a polyhedron with 20 triangular faces, 30 edges and 12 vertices). They then decorate their planets with sand, glue, cotton wool, paint, glitter...the sky is the limit! Icosahedron , Solar system , Planets
Universe in a Box is a low-cost educational resource designed to explain the difficult and sometimes abstract concepts of astronomy to young children through inquiry-based and fun learning methods. More information: http://www.unawe.org/resources/universebox/
In this activity, you will build a simple reflective telescope and learn about the use of its mirrors, giving a demonstrative introduction to the topics of light, optics and reflection. Isaac Newton, Reflection, Mirrors, Concave curve, Telescope
The Levitating Astronaut activity uses the amazing power of magnets to help children to learn about magnetism and leads on to a brief introduction of gravity. magnets, magnetism, magnetic fields, force, charge, attraction levitation, gravity
It is very dangerous to look directly at the Sun, even briefly. In this craft and activity, you’ll create a safe viewer so you can look at the Sun without damaging your eyes. Sun, Light, Observation, Dangerous, Safe
Autumn is the season of colours: red, yellow and orange leaves are falling from the trees and in the sky are rainbows! You can make a rainbow at home with the activity below. Sunlight, Colours, Refraction, Colour spectrum, Rainbow
Black holes, Gravity, Space, Time, Mass, Interactive, Mode
Use Space Scoop astronomy news stories for children as the basis for a creative writing and drawing activity. Space Scoop, Storytelling, Drawing, Literacy, Art, Creative, Journalism.
In this activity, children learn about the moons of our Solar System through art and science. Moon, Natural satellites, Planets, Solar System