Solar System: Out Of This World with Science Activities for Kids (Build It Yourself)
Engaging text and hands-on projects make this solar system reference an exciting way for children to learn about the Milky Way. Read about ancient astronomers and the origins of space discovery, and take a thorough look at each of the planets and their characteristics. Discover comets and meteors, moons, the early engineering of telescopes, and modern space travel. Along the way, complete activities like creating an edible model of tectonic plates, demonstrating the concept of solar wind, creating a Galileo telescope and more! Please note: a section of this book discusses the Big Bang Theory. Includes a timeline, glossary, resource links and index. 120 pages, sb.
This kid-friendly handbook investigates the solar system's inner workings, the tools used to gain information, and an array of astronomical phenomena. Through a time line of discoveries and important events, a comprehensive text, and numerous projects readers can build from household items, this resource provides up-to-date information about the realm beyond planet Earth. Starting with a discussion of the basic componentsthe sun, the planets, their moons and rings, meteors, asteroids, and cometsthis handbook considers topics ranging from the demotion of Pluto to a space object to the greenhouse effect on Venus and the astronomical unit. Along with this exploration of the historical, contemporary, and future toolssuch as the rockets and satellites used to gather dataand galaxies, nebulae, and pulsars found outside of the solar system, are instructions for creating a rubber-band powered Mars rover, using dry ice to simulate the tail of a comet, and models of various phenomena. A resources section provides references for additional information and projects about astronomy and the solar system.