Are We There Yet? A Journey through Our Solar System [May 2013]
The May SEM activity, "Are We There Yet? A Journey through Our Solar System," helps students use proportional reasoning to build a football-field-size scale model of our solar system. This is a hands-on activity designed to help students experience the vast distances between celestial objects. The activity concludes with students developing a logarithmic scale to help represent the immense distances between planets and other celestial objects in our galaxy.
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