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To Boldly Go Where No Teacher Has Gone Before

Sep 16,2020 by Edulab

On September 8th 2020, the world celebrated 54 years since the very first episode of much-loved Star Trek aired. In a full-day special event, CBS aired a 24-hour marathon of fan-favourite episodes, all the way from the original first series to the most recent Star Trek: Discovery.

And in-line with the celebration, there’s probably no better time to tell you all about our astronomy and planetary EduLab products. Whether you’re a traditional Trekkie, a young fan of the classic show, or you’re simply fascinated by our galaxy like the rest of us, these innovative products will make it easy and fun to learn all about space.

After all, you’re a teacher, not an astrologist: let some of our 6 favourite products do the astrology for you.

Astronomy Activity Kit

If your students weren’t already interested in the solar system, then this astronomy kit is sure to turn their heads. This will help you get started with the basics, particularly for young science students. They can learn all about the names of the planets and moons within our solar system, see their exact locations, and understand the different ways they all orbit.

There’s no to-scale model included (more on that later), but you’ll have all the tools you need to explain to your students the different ways that everything revolves around our sun. It’s a great introduction, and don’t be surprised to find that they’re quickly hungry to learn even more.

Solar System Model

And when they are, this solar system model will make learning about our galaxy a supersonic blast. A colourful, highly accurate model allows you to show the different orbits of all of our planets – even at different times of the year.

Combine it with our illuminated orbiter and you’ll be able to answer every question your students might have about the fundamentals of our solar system. You can explain what an eclipse is, how the positions change during different seasons, how satellites, asteroids, and comets work, and the differences between each of the planets. You’ll be able to share an insightful, fascinating lesson that students will never forget.

And on top of that, your students will leave the classroom with a new appreciation of just how tiny our planet truly is.

Rock Study Kit

The moon closest to our planet is something that everybody wants to know more about – especially since we’re so familiar with it. And one thing that scientists know about our moon more than anything is its rock composition and terrain.

Use this as an opportunity to study the basic types of rock. Our rock study kit includes five different types of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. It even comes with an activity guide and a magnifying glass, so that students can explore the geological makeup in detail.

Once they’re familiar with these types of rock, explain the types of rock that are found on comets, on our moon, and why they’re so significant.

Geology and Landform

And while we’re discussing the elements that make up our moon, why not take it one step further on the next lesson? It would be highly illogical to halt the fun when it’s only just got started!

Our fascinating landform kits allow you to explain how the earth was formed. But once those basic principles are understood, why not dial it up a notch and explore how other planets are formed? We can make it so.

Do your students know that Mars was once covered in volatile volcanoes, and that even the moon had volcanoes too? Use this comprehensive volcano activity model to show them just how disruptive those volcanoes might have been.

Once they understand the effect that volcanoes had on the formation of the planet’s atmosphere, examine the geological forces that made up the landform with our landform kit.

Could there have been life on Mars? Was there water on our moon at one point? Use our water cycle activity model to explain how water sources appear, and discuss together whether or not there might be water somewhere else in our solar system.

Astronomy and Earth Science with EduLab

Live long and prosper in the classroom with just a few of our favourite astronomy and earth science EduLab products. By using just a few of these exciting and interactive models, you’ll quickly find that you’ll have the full attention of your students, and that teaching becomes fun for everyone.

Get in touch with our friendly team today to discover more about our physics classroom supplies, equipment and kits.