Imagine the biggest thing you can think of: an elephant, a skyscraper, and ocean. Now imagine something more vast than any of those, something totally out of this world. Imagine the universe, in all of it’s grandeur and vast stretches of space. Now zoom in on the majestic spiral of the Milky Way, zoom in even more and we see planets spinning around our sun: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and the dwarf planet, Pluto.
Today the world of LBA summer program students has expanded from our little blue planet to reach the rest of the solar system.
The kids learned about Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and even our old friend, Pluto. The kids started by learning about the vast range of sizes that the planets have. From the giant Jupiter that can fit more than 1000 Earths inside it to the smaller-than-Earth dwarf planet, Pluto, our planets are full of mystery, fascination, and fun facts.
Mercury, the planet closest to the sun, orbits at a speedy 107,372 miles per hour.
Venus, the brightest planet, is second from the sun. This planet has a year that lasts 262 Earth days.
Earth is our planet – perfect for life.
Mars, the red planet, is most like home. Mars is the closest planet to Earth, and it even has polar ice caps!
Jupiter is the first and biggest gas giant.
Uranus, blue-green from frozen ammonia and methane, rolls on it’s side in its orbit around the sun, like a giant, blue bowling ball.
Neptune, blue as the ocean, made of hydrogen and helium, takes 165 Earth years to orbit the sun.
Pluto, the planet farthest from the sun, is quite chilly, reaching negative 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Not only did the kids get to learn about all of these fascinating planets, but they also got to have tons of fun making paper mache models of our planets. They started with balloons.
Then they covered the balloons in paper and made their paper mache planets! Today the kids learned about all of these fascinating planets and had a lesson that was totally OUT OF THIS WORLD!