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Exploring the Universe: Ice Orbs


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Exploring the Universe: Ice Orbs

“Exploring the Solar System: Ice Orbs” is a hands-on activity in which visitors investigate a frozen orb, trying to learn about objects hidden inside. Participants learn that planetary scientists at NASA are investigating “icy worlds” in the outer solar system, looking for evidence of liquid water and possible signs of life beneath the icy surface.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
4 to 24 hours

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Ice orbs (prepared in advance)
  • Plastic tray
  • Sponge and towel
  • Magnifying lens
  • Flashlight
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper clips
  • Ocean Worlds poster
  • Oceans Below the Surface and moon information sheets
  • Optional: Insulated bag (or cooler)
  • Optional: Small bowls to hold the balloons in the freezer, additional tools
  • Activity and facilitator guides

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Light and Optics
      • Probes, Satellites and Spacecraft
    • Solar System
      • The Planets
      • Asteroids and Comets
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations

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