An Out of This World Solar System Project
Inevitably the day will come when your child must do her “solar system project” for school. You can head to the craft store for the traditional foam balls and dowels, or you can usher her through an activity that increases her understanding of what is really out there. One of the most awesome realizations about outer space is how much space there is. This project will get your child's mind (and body!) moving.
Please note: To accommodate a child's hand size, this project is not exactly to scale. While the scale of the distances between planets is accurate, the sizes of the planets were enlarged. If the planets were to scale, you'd need to cut a circle out of paper that is 0.18 mm—that's a project in itself!
What You Need:
- Yard or meter stick
- Cardboard or paper
- Bamboo skewer or chopstick
- Playing field of at least 100 yards long
- Video camera or digital camera
- Length of rope at least five feet long