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    Lunar and Planetary Institute
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    In this demonstration, learners compare the relative sizes and masses of scale models of the planets as represented by fruits and other foods. Learners dunk the "planets" in water to...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    NOAA
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    In this activity, learners explore how light and dark colored objects absorb the Sun's radiations at different rates. Learners place one shiny coffee can and one coffee can painted black, each...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 6 - 14 2 to 4 hours
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    National Optical Astronomy Observatory
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    This is a classic exercise for visualizing the scale of the Solar System. Both the relative size and spacing of the planets are demonstrated in this outdoor exercise, using a mere peppercorn to...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 6 - adult 45 to 60 minutes
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    Astronomical Society of the Pacific
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    In this activity, learners use a simple 3D model to discover why the Moon has phases. This activity is a very rewarding "ah-ha!" moment for learners since it helps to correct one of the...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 6 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    In this activity, learners make a paper cone and use it in a window to measure the length of the shadow over the course of a day. Learners then repeat the same experiment a month later. In another...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - 11 1 to 4 weeks
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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    Is a square stronger than a triangle? Use tongue depressors to build simple shapes. Then apply a little weight to them and see what happens! This activity comes with useful tips for building the...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 4 - 8 5 to 10 minutes