Build a Bubble Powered
This is one way cool activity that your girls are sure to love!
Build a rocket that really goes places. This activity was created by the
cool people at NASA's The Space Place. You can download a pdf file with
all of the information and instructions.
Make a Model Saturn
--One unwanted compact disc (CD). (Many people get these free in
--One 2-inch diameter styrofoam ball, carefully cut in half with a sharp knife
(get adult help, please!)
--Paint brush, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide
--Glitter--silver, gold, black or any other colors you want
--Yarn, black or other colors (optional)
--Needle-nosed pliers (or scissors will do)
--Small paper clip
What You Do
First, start with the rings:
--The CD will become Saturn's rings. Usually one side of the
CD has printing on it. This is the side you will decorate with glitter.
--Try not to get glitter in the center part of the CD, where
you will be gluing the styrofoam ball.
--Rinse the paintbrush out between uses, so it will stay soft
and easy to use.
--Use the paintbrush to carefully spread glue on the CD. If
you want to make it look like some of the rings are silver and some gold, spread
the glue only where you want to put the first color, then sprinkle the glitter
on the wet glue. Let it dry completely. Then repeat for the remaining areas. You
can use as many different colors as you want. Just be sure to let the glue dry
completely for each color before adding the next color.
--If you want to use yarn also--for example, black to show
the divisions in the rings--glue it on and let it dry before adding the glitter.
Then decorate the planet:
--Stick a toothpick into the flat side of each half of the
styrofoam ball to give yourself a handle.
--Use the paintbrush to apply glue and glitter on the round
part of each half, as you did for the CD. Let the glue dry completely.
Now put them together:
--Take the toothpick out of one of the styrofoam halves. On
the other half, make sure the toothpick is stuck exactly into the center and
push it in until it starts to poke out the top.
--Spread glue around the center of the decorated side of the
CD. Pick up the CD and place the styrofoam half with the toothpick exactly in
the center of the CD, toothpick sticking through the hole.
--Now push the other styrofoam half onto the toothpick
sticking out the hole on the other side of the CD. When both halves are flat
against the CD, a small part of the toothpick will be sticking out one of
Saturns "poles." Break it off with needle-nosed pliers.
And hang it up:
--Open a small paper clip so it looks like this:
--Decide which half of Saturn you want to be the top. Since
Saturn's axis is tilted 27 degrees, stick the paperclip into the top about ½
inch away from the center (where the toothpick comes through). Angle the
paperclip so it passes through the hole in the CD and helps hold the two
styrofoam halves together.
When you hang your Saturn up, and it turns in the breeze, you will see the
"rings" from different angles, just as we see the real Saturn at different
angles from Earth.
--Tie any length of thread to the paperclip and hang your
model wherever you like.
Fall Into a Black Hole
This printable board game was created for NASA's The Space Place
site for kids. Download and print the game board and rules & pieces.
& White Game Board
Make El Nino
What You Need:
--Four small packages of gelatin dessert mix (like JELL-O® brand) in these
Purple (like grape or blackberry)
Red (like cherry, raspberry, or strawberry)
--1 quart lemon or pineapple sherbet
--Glass casserole dish or glass bowl that can hold 8 cups of liquid
--Four mixing bowls (or fewer, if you wash them out between colors)
--Rotary beater or whisk
What You Do:
--Do these steps for each of the four colors of gelatin:
--Dump the gelatin mix into a bowl. Add 1 cup of boiling
water and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
--Important! Let the gelatin mixture COOL to room
--When the gelatin mixture is cool, add 3/4 cup of the
sherbet, and mix in with the beater or whisk.
--One color at a time, carefully pour the "pudding" mixtures
into the glass dish. Pour the colors in this order:
--Put the pudding into the refrigerator until it is completely set.
--Now for the artistic part. When you are ready to serve, scoop out the servings
at an angle so that you can see all the different layers from the top. Depending
on how much you like whipped cream, make it look a little like one of these
TOPEX satellite images of the Pacific Ocean with the El Niño condition. Use the
whipped cream to make the white "El Niño."
Air and Space Museum