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

40 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 3 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse 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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Available Times

Pacific Time

Wed May 18

May 18 - Jun 8 (3 weeks)
8pm - 8:40pm
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Thu Jun 9

Jun 9 - Jun 23 (3 weeks)
8pm - 8:40pm

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Class Experience

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.


Lisa Greenhut
Lives in the United States
Museum educator, science enthusiast and homeschooling parent
395 total reviews
265 completed classes

About Me

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... 
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