re: edible solar system
Mission to Mars Edible Solar System
This is an activity designed by Jean Settle of St. Louis, Missouri.
Ms. Settle is a faculty member of the Challenger Center for Space
Science Education. The activity is designed for primary grades,
particularly K-3, for development of Spatial Intelligence. The Solar
System that is constructed shows gives very general information about
the order in which the planets occur, and a few clues about their
basic color and size characteristics. The constructed Solar System is
not to scale, neither in terms of distance from the Sun or diameter
of each planet.
The Earth As a Peppercorn
This is a classic exercise for visualizing just how BIG our Solar
System really is. Both the relative size and spacing of the planets
are demonstrated in this outdoor exercise, using a mere peppercorn to
represent the size of the Earth
Edible Mars Rover
Adapted from Jean Settle's "Edible Rockets". In 1996 two spacecraft,
Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Pathfinder, were launched to Mars.
These spacecraft are kicking off a decade long exploration of the Red
Planet. Students can become familiar with the missions and the type
of equipment on board each spacecraft through this activity.