Formal EducationSolar System Math (Grades: 5-8)
The Voyage Scale Model Solar System (PDF, 543 KB) (Grades: 9-12)
In October 2001, the Voyage Scale Model Solar System opened in Washington, DC, displaying a one to ten billion scale of the sizes of the Sun and planets, and the distances between them. In this lesson, students will replicate the Voyage model to experience the size of the solar system.
Informal EducationRed Nickel Scale Model (Grades: 5-8, 9-12)
Pocket Solar System (Grades: 5-8, 9-12)
Stacy DeVeau of the Arizona NASA Educator Resource Center use a simple roll of register tape to bring home the scale of our solar system.
Worlds in Comparison: Play-Doh Planets (Grades: 5-8, 9-12)
Stacy also recommends using a simple ball of Play-Doh or modeling clay to just how big the gas giant planets are compared to Earth.