Make An Impact

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In this hands-on activity, learners simulate the crashing and smashing of a meteor impact using household cooking supplies. Learners explore the formation of an impact crater by dropping projectiles into a powder covered container and recording their observations of the outcome. Activity includes step by step instructions with pictures and a "how does it work" section where ideas such as impact craters, meteoroids, the role of Earth's atmosphere and more are explained. This activity can be done at home.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • A shallow container at least 20 cm across
  • A light-colored powder (such as sand, flour, salt, or cornstarch)
  • Cocoa powder
  • small rocks, marbles, or frozen peas
  • A sieve


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
      • Asteroids and Comets

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access