Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Extreme Planet Makeover: make a planet

Here’s a neat site from NASA!  Extreme Planet Makeover allows kids to create their own planet based on various parameters they can define, like size, distance from nearest star, type of nearest star, and planet age.

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My planet was called “Super Earth.” It is farther away from its Class F sun than we are from our class G Sun, but it is also 4 times larger that Earth and is likely to support life much longer than Earth can.  It took about 45 seconds of playing with the 4 sliders on the simulation site.

This would be a nice way to apply what students are learning in a Science, Earth Science, or Astronomy class or unit and turn it into a way to create something completely new! It would look great in either a lab setting or as a whole-group activity on a SMART Board.

I learned of this site from the iLearn Technology blog.

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