These recommendations are tailored for organizations and clubs such as libraries, planetariums, science centers, astronomy clubs, and scout troops.
Although planetary evolution is an exciting topic, it is also challenging to present to an audience including younger children. Activities comparing characteristics of some of the objects in our solar system may be more appropriate for this age; consider some of the activities from YSS topics A Family Affair and Volcanism!
Be sure to submit photographs, artwork, music, or words of your community enjoying this activity to Share Your Stories.
| The Goldilocks Principle: A Model of Atmospheric Gases || This activity introduces students to the atmospheric differences between the three "sister" planets in a graphic and hands-on way, using jelly beans or cotton balls to model different atmospheric gases. Participants will use this understanding later as they begin to appreciate the scope and importance of the greenhouse effect on Earth. |
| Growing Up Moon || Children visit a sequence of stations discover how the dark and light areas and craters we see on the Moon's face today record major events of its "lifetime." While they may visit the stations in any order, the stations trace the Moon's 4.5-billion-year history from "infancy" to the imagined future. |