• Educators for Impacts
    Academy educators are ready to explore the small objects in our Solar System with your 3rd-8th grade students!
  • Small objects in Solar System
    Are all objects in our Solar Sytem affected by impacts?
  • Educator with Scale
    Our educators will lead your students in a scaling activity with Solar System objects.
  • Student Materials
    You will receive your own digital copy of maps and 2-D objects to print for student groups.
  • Surprised Educator
    How big is this celestial object?  The size of Wyoming? Or West Virginia?
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Virtual Programs are live, interactive programs that connect your class exclusively to a science educator over the internet.

    Within the vast expanses of our solar system, between the planets and beyond, amazing discoveries about asteroids, comets, and meteors are currently being made. Students will take on the role of an astronomer by using hands-on models to explore "small bodies" in our solar system, and also take a guided virtual tour of outer space. Throughout this interactive program, classes will have the opportunity to ask educators questions and engage in learning conversations.

    This program integrates the Next Generation Science Standards by focusing on:

    • Crosscutting Concept: Scale, Proportion and Quantity
    • Science and Engineering Practice: Using Models
    Reserve a session at a time that works for your schedule!

    Duration: 45 - 60 minutes
    Target Audience: 4th-8th graders in schools, libraries, homeschool groups, and more
    Price: $70 per session
    Title I Discount: 50% off
    Bulk Discount: 20% off (pre-book 5+ sessions)
    Group Size: 8-65 students per session
    Multilingual support: English, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin

    Come back in February for our Spring 2020 school year schedule.

    Program Summary
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    In this live, interactive program, students will travel on a virtual expedition into our Solar System to explore impact craters on a mystery object, and how they compare to impact craters on Earth.

    Through the use of scale models and observations of orbits paths, students will make inferences about an object’s likelihood of an impact.

    Students will then observe images of an impact on Jupiter’s surface to examine what impacts look like on gaseous planets.

    Based on the evidence collected, we will discuss whether all objects in the Solar System are affected by impacts, and what those impacts look like on different objects.

    Finally, we will discuss why there are so many impact craters all over the Solar System and how we can predict when future impacts will occur on Earth.

    Organizer Prep
    Next Generation Science Standards

    Science and Engineering Practices:

    • Using Models

    Disciplinary Core Ideas:

    • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System The solar system consists of the sun and a collection of objects, including planets, their moons, and asteroids that are held in orbit around the sun by its gravitational pull on them.
    • MS-ESS2-3.1: Earth’s Systems Science findings are frequently revised and/or reinterpreted based on new evidence.

    Cross Cutting Concepts:

    • Scale, Proportion and Quantity

    Not interested in asteroids? Discover more one-on-one Virtual Programs or check out the free webcasts in our Special Live Events series.

    Grades: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
    Program Duration: 60 minutes
    Price: $70.00

    Distance Learning Price Range

    Distance Learning Prices
    Virtual Program session: $70     Title I Discount: 50% off                 Bulk Discount: 20% off                   (pre-book 5+ sessions)