Making craters from scratch

Jun 17

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6/17/2013 8:36 AM  RssIcon

Yes, it is a bit like cooking, but without the mixing and heat.  (The clean up still exists though!)  I have offered an adult-oriented astronomy program to libraries for a couple of years now, which has been incredibly well-received.  I have been asked if I had a children's program.  Though I never put one together previously, I had thought about what I would do for one.  This last week I got asked if I would present at a camp for 6 to 12 year olds, and decided I better put a presentation together that works for that age group.

One aspect I thought would be fun  to share is to show how craters are made.  It is one thing to see an animation from a NASA video; it is another to actually witness an impactor striking "soil" and forming a crating / producing ejecta. Because this experiment won't always be possible - and because it may be beneficial to do it FOR others so they don't have to make the mess! - I made a video that demonstrates how to make craters.  Using flour, cococa and a simple box (though I used an aquarium tank), it is easy to make craters that eject material from below the surface.  

It can also provide a really fun way to teach about physics, acceleration, velocity, mass, area, etc.  I have more about how to make craters here.

Check out this video:

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