Activities at Home

A variety of activities you can try from home, ranging from short, fun activities, to longer investigations.

Hands on Activities

Below are a collection of hands on activities you can try at home.

Astronaut Training: Taste

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In this activity students will carry out a taste test to explore how our senses affect the flavour of our food, and what this might reveal about eating in space.

Return to Earth: Build a Lander

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Design, test and build a model lander to safely transport an “astronaut” to Earth, and explore the effects of gravity, air resistance and friction on movement.

How Big is the Solar System?

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In this activity you'll learn about the size of the Solar System, beginning with the Earth and Moon and reaching out to encompass the entire Solar System.

Craters in the classroom

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In this hands on activity, you'll see how mass, velocity and angle of an impacting object affect the resulting crater.

Measure the Diameter of the Sun

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In this activity you will measure how fast the Sun moves to caclulate how big the Sun appears in the sky. All you need are some household items and about 20 minutes on a sunny day.

Build your own Serol

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Make your own robot Serol from card or paper.

Serol coloring sheets:

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Color in these fun scenes with Serol.

Short, Fun Activities

Below are a collection of fun and quick activities to do at home.

Star In A Box

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Have you ever wondered what happens to the different stars in the night sky as they get older? This activity lets you explore the life-cycle of stars.

Down2Earth: Making Impact Craters

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In this interactive web activity, you'll get to simulate an impacting object and see how different factors affect the resulting crater.

Calculating the Age of Solar System Objects

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How old are the objects within our Solar System? One method scientists use to answer this important question is counting the number of craters on their surface.

How to Create Stunning Colour Images of the Cosmos using: Photoshop , Pixlr or Gimp

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This guide will show you how to create beautiful colour images of the cosmos.

Agent Exoplanet

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Find exoplanets using data from LCO in this interactive web app.

Serol: Dark Sky Dash

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Help Serol collect observing requests and deliver them to LCO telescopes in this platform video game.

Investigations

Below are a collection of longer activities and more in-depth investigations.

Plotting a Supernova Light Curve

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A supernova is the explosive death of a massive star. Supernovae can tell us a lot about the Universe, including how to measure distance in space. Here you'll plot the changing brightness of the object and interpret your data to study how these objects evolve.

Plotting an Asteroid Light Curve

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Using Asteroid Tracker you can help collect observations of interesting near-Earth object targets, then plot and interpret your data to measure the rotation period of an asteroid.

Measuring the Age of the Universe

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The discovery of the expanding Universe was one of the greatest revelations in astronomy. During this activity students will relive Hubble’s monumental discovery by using real supernova spectra to create a famous Hubble Diagram.

Measure the Age of Ancient Cosmic Explosions

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In this project you will calculate the age of a supernova remnant using Las Cumbres Observatory and Hubble Space Telescope observations.

Serol's Cosmic Explorers

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Serol takes you on a journey through our Universe. You will investigate many different cosmic objects, and take pictures of them using LCO.