Modeling Meaningful Eclipses

A photograph of the experimentaal setup: a meter stick coming into the frame from the left and an arm coming in from the right. There is a ball on a stick attached to the end of the meter stick. There is an implied light source coming from the left causing the ball's shadow to show on the persn's hand. The shadow of the person's arm and hand shows on a wall.
  • beginner
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  • ps2
  • ess1
  • low_tech
  • low_cost
  • english

Using simple materials, participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. This method uses 3 steps that allow learners to engage, explore, and make meaning.