Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration

Multi-Period Activities

These activities are designed to follow an inquiry-based learning approach. Students will develop their own experiment while working through the steps of the scientific method. The learning experience begins with a presentation to gain background information, followed by active research and the setup of an experiment. Finally, students perform the experiment they designed to gain better insight into a given topic. Multi-Period/ full and half day activities can be arranged by contacting us.

Impact Cratering

Meteor Crater in Arizona (OnlyImage)

Meteor Crater in Arizona

Craters are seen on every rocky body in the solar system, but understanding their characteristics and how they form continues to be a challenging task for planetary scientists. This activity focuses on answering some of those questions using an inquiry style activity.

Recommended Age Group: Grade 6-12 (Accomodation can be made for Grade 3-6)

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Mission Meteorite

Meteorite RKPA 79015 (NASA)

Meteorite RKPA 79015 (NASA)

Mission meteorite is an interactive station-based activity designed to help students understand the different types of meteorites using scientific inquiry methods and questioning. Students will have the opportunity to handle real meteorite samples, use microscopy to differentiate samples, and mine their very own ‘cookie’ meteorite. If you would like us to come in your classroom and conduct this workshop, please feel free to contact us.

Recommended Age Group: Grade 6-12 (Accomodation can be made for Grade 3-6)

Multiple single peroid activities can be combined into a theme for a full day or multi-day workshop. The theme for such multi-period activities can be discussed. Some of the examples of themes are:

Mission to Solar System 

Topics in this theme can include presentations and activities on topics such as the Tour of the Solar System, Small Bodies, and Mars & Moon Mapping.

Impacts

Topics in this theme can include presentations and activities on topics such as the Impact Cratering, Rocks from Space and Mining Space.

Space Technologies

Topics in this theme can include presentations and activities on topics such as the Hazards & Challenges of Space Exploration, Mining Space and Spin-off Technologies.