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Build A Solar System
In this activity, students construct a scale model of the solar system using a tape measure or a very long roll of paper. A calculation tool is provided to determine the correct scaled distances and planet sizes. A brief discussion of the concept of the vast distances of space is included, along with links to other solar system resources.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • Informal
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Tools:
    • Calculation / Conversion
  • Physics
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1997, Ron Hipschman, The Exploratorium.
DLESE Catalog ID: NASA-Edmall-636
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: The Exploratorium