We try to tailor the activities we run to the individual events we attend. Over time we have accumulated a wide range of activities that we can provide for both large audiences as well as smaller groups. A few of our most popular activities include:
Meteorites and lunar samples. Hold the moon in one hand and Mars in the other! See meteorites under a microscope. Learn about the Moon, its geological history and exploration of its surface by orbital satellites and the manned Apollo missions. We use lunar sample collected by the Apollo astronauts and a selection of meteorites to explain how the Solar System formed and talk about its 4.5 billion year history.
Design a Rover Mission. How did NASA decide what scientific instruments to include on board the Curiosity rover? Design your very own rover to explore a planet. Weigh up the durability, cost, power requirements, size and scientific value of various instruments and then establish the best combination. This can be done individually or as a classroom activity.
Impact Cratering Dynamics. Evolved from NASA’s Think SMALL in a BIG way activity, this simple but fun activity focuses on investigating how craters form by dropping balls into trays of flour. This activity can easily be combined with a talk about craters on different bodies in the Solar System for the classroom. Furthermore, it can be used in conjunction with the web based citizen science project Moon Zoo, which we provide access to during many of the events.
Comet Demonstration. What are comets? And what are they made of? Learn about comets and their influence on our history, while you watch a real comet (although slightly smaller than you might find in space) being made in front of you.
Erupting Volcano. See a volcano erupt right in front of your eyes! This demonstration and accompanying talk explain the different types of volcanoes seen on Earth and across the Solar System.