Timmy Telescope Solar Astronomy Outreach

Our Solar System

STEM Activity 7: "Solar System Scale"

solar system modeling tapestudents creating a scale model of the solar system Purpose: Children measure solar system object distances using astronomical units (AU) and learn how long it takes sunlight to reach each planet/object.

Supplies needed: Unobstructed space approximately 6’ X 60’. We provide the measuring tape and planet/object cards.

Age level: upper elementary school. For groups of 8-30.

Notes: One child is the Sun and other children hold a card representing a planet/object. Since children are disappointed if they do not have a card to hold, additional moon and asteroid cards were added. Math lesson on ratios for upper elementary or above.

Additional Resources:

STEM Activity 8: "How We Organize the Sky"

Star Chart

Purpose: Children learn about constellations and seasons

Supplies needed: 2 page star chart per person, colored pencils for outlining constellations.

Notes: Print both pages landscape on 8.5" x 11" paper. Glue or tape together. Starchart p1  | Starchart p2

Age level: elementary school, teens, adults

Additonal Resources:

Solar System Update