Science & Nature
Build the Solar System: Create the Eight Planets!
Grab your favorite building blocks and join us for a fun, hands on tour of the solar system! We will be building all eight planets while we discuss size and distance, atmosphere, space exploration and more!
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Completed by 10 learners
Once per week
over 3 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
How does a “Multi-Day” course work?
Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries
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Let's explore our solar system while building a scientific model of the planets! Each session, we will highlight features of planets such as their atmosphere, surface, inner layers, position in the Solar System, and history of human exploration. Learners are encouraged to use their observational skills to inform their builds, such as when considering colors and relative sizes of each planet. Session 1: The Earth and Moon - We will begin on our home planet and discuss the Earth/Moon system....
Learners will compare and contrast the planets by composition, size, and distance from the Sun. Learners will create a scientific model using hands on materials. Learners will identify the sources of our knowledge about space, such as satellite imagery and rover missions.
Learners will need building materials or art supplies to complete their models each week. The instructor will suggest possible color combinations and building strategies, but will also provide alternatives if a particular color isn't available. Some general color guidelines are listed below. Earth: Blue and green Moon: Light gray, dark gray, white Mercury: Shades of gray Venus: Tan, brown, white, light orange or yellow Mars: Red, brown, maroon, pink Jupiter: Tan, brown, white, light orange, yellow, red Saturn: Tan, brown, white, light orange, yellow, gray Uranus: Shades of blue Neptune: Shades of blue
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
40 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will be using Nasa's Eyes on the Solar System via screen share to look at up to date satellite imagery and planetary positions. We may also use the planetarium software Stellarium to visualize where the planets appear in the night sky.
Museum educator, science enthusiast and homeschooling parent
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
395 total reviews
265 completed classes
My name is Lisa and I love science! I'm a science educator at the American Museum of Natural History, and I want to bring science classes straight to you. Some of my favorite topics are: -Rocks and Minerals - Geology rocks! -Volcanoes - Explosive...