You might look outside most nights and see the Moon—that round, astronomical body that orbits the Earth. But do you know what processes make the Moon look the way it does or what it would be like to be on the Moon? For this week’s STEM @ Home, we explore the Moon!
Online Videos: Use these links to educate and entertain!
- Early Elementary: “Time to Shine” by Storybots
- Upper Elementary: Why Does the Moon Change?
- Middle School: How We Are Getting to the Moon
- High School: NASA’s Artemis 1 Project!
Making Moon Craters – Craters on the moon are visible from Earth. We can learn a lot about how the moon was impacted and what kind of objects collided with it. Try this messy activity to create craters and analyze how they compare with craters on the moon.
Moon Cycle Journal – The Moon rises and sets every day and it goes through a cycle of phases over the course of four weeks. By going out regularly you can see the Moon change as it orbits the Earth.
Super Moon Strength – Weight is a measure of the force acting on an object due to gravity. Gravity is dependent on the size of the objects. The Earth, being incredibly massive, exerts a greater force on objects like you, your car, and buildings than on smaller planets. For instance, the Earth’s moon, being much less massive than the Earth, cannot exert as much force on an object. This means weights in our standard units of kilograms (or pounds in America) are only 16.5% of that on Earth. So yes, you would have superhuman lifting abilities on the moon because everything weighs much less.