Structure of the Earth.

Students were given a challenge: to recreate the most accurate representation of Planet Earth.  Students were randomly placed in groups of 4, they were told to create a shared Google Slides file and research the layers of the Earth, with the aim of creating a 3D model.  Each group was given 4 colours of play doh, 1 tile and a double period.  The next day they a guest judge was invited into the room whilst the models were sliced and analysed.

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Green+Purple=Nebula + education = fun

A nebula is defined as:

an interstellar cloud of gas and dust. The properties of nebulae vary enormously and depend on their composition as well as the environment in which they are situated.

http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/cosmos/N/Nebula

I was trying to recreate an artist representation of a nebula.  The main colours were green and purple.

Purple and green nebula

This piece was 3 layers of resin, creating a multi layered effect.  As we know a nebula is massive, and made from gas.  So, I wanted a smokey effect, depth of view & sparkle to represent stars.  I have found this incredibly hard to photograph- so stay with me…

Jump online and type in ‘Nasa + Crab Nebula” and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Crab Nebula: Source

So I leave you with a few questions:

  1. How do you reach your science students?
  2. How do you enthuse students?
  3. How do you let students express themselves artistically?

Google+ Space + Solar Art

These cold drink coasters were based on the idea of a aurora borealis above Iceland.  I’ve always been amazed by the aurora borealis after viewing it as a small girl.  The science behind this is quiet amazing.  Students often gaze with amazement at the colours and the vastness.  This short informative video will help set an introduction and help with the concept of charged particles entering the atmosphere and excited atoms in the air creating the colors you see.