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Meteoroids and the Craters They Make


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    The Center for Science Education @ Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley

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Meteoroids and the Craters They Make

In this activity, learners investigate the formation of craters. Learners will examine how the size, angle and speed of a meteorite's impact affects the properties of craters. Learners will measure and collect data on a data sheet and draw conclusions about their observations. Use this activity to familiarize learners with the terms meteor, meteoroid, and meteorite.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 or 2 shallow basins at least 1 square foot (30 centimeters), cat liter boxes work well
  • 1 or 2 bags of unbleached flour
  • 1 box of instant cocoa
  • Several pebbles, various sizes, 1/3 to 1 1/2 inches (1 to 4 centimeters)
  • 1 old newspaper
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pen or pencil
  • 1 data sheet

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Size and Scale
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
      • Atmosphere
      • Earth, Moon and Sun
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Circles
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Momentum and Velocity
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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