*Planetary Pathways (ages 10-13)

Students create a rotating model of the Sun, Earth, and Moon as they bring to life their learnings about planetary orbits. The model they create, called an Orrery, teaches students about how the relationship between our planet and other celestial bodies affect life on Earth and how those relationships change through the year. Students will add and program electronics including a motor to drive the model and lights to illuminate the sun. They will learn how the movement of the Sun, Earth and Moon affects what we see in the sky.

Students take home
Completed working Orrery Model.

Key Concepts
Understand the concept of seasons and movement of the Earth and Sun. Develop understanding of the phases of the moon and how they relate to the Earth and Sun. Integrating circuitry and programming lights and motors.

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