Level: 4th-8th grade
Group Size: Min 10 students, max 1 class (@30)
Program Length: 2 hours (or choose a partial program)
Program Requirements: It would be ideal for each student to have at least a 3' wide space to make the play dough models, such as a lunch room or classroom with 6’ tables instead of desks.
Key Concepts: Matter, models, scale, proportion, planets of our solar system
Solar System Round Up online request form
Explore our solar system through the use of scale models! Solar System Round Up ideally takes 2 full hours and includes both of the activities listed below. The program can be paused for recess and lunch breaks. If you cannot devote the full 2 hours, you may request a partial program by choosing only one of the components below. If this is the case, we recommend choosing Worlds in Comparison.
- “Worlds in Comparison” explores the relative sizes (volumes) of the planets in the solar system through small group work using play dough and step-by-step instructions to make planet models. 75 minutes. (Activity sourced from Astronomy from the Ground Up)
- “Pocket Solar System” explores the distances between objects in our solar system as students make a scale model of the solar system. 45 minutes. (Activity sourced from Astronomy from the Ground Up)