Hawai'i Space Grant Consortium

solar system
impact craters
dynamic Earth
gravity & rockets
remote sensing

Exploring Planets in the Classroom

we learn by doing

More than 25 hands-on science activities are provided in classroom-ready pages for both teachers and students for exploring Earth, the planets, geology, and space sciences.

Intro to Solar System | Planetary Properties | Volcanology | Impact Craters
Dynamic Earth | Gradation | Gravity & Rockets | The Moon | Remote Sensing | Mars

Exploring Planets in the Classroom was a long-running summer workshop in Planetary Geosciences offered at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa for the state's K-12 educators and librarians under the direction of Dr. G. Jeffrey Taylor. Hands-on activities in this course were developed and/or tested by the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium in cooperation with educators statewide. In 1996 the workshop transformed into this website to assist educators and resource specialists around the globe to find hands-on activities that match science standards in elementary, middle, high school, and college classrooms.

These on-line activity pages are formatted for printing and direct classroom use. The original layout was developed by a team of educators in 1994 while producing NASA Publication EG-1997-10-116-HQ (first published as EP-306) Exploring the Moon: A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Earth and Space Sciences.

Free Use Policy
This is a public domain web site. We simply ask that the original URL and the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium credit is clearly marked on each page or portion used. Please contact lindamar@hawaii.edu when you use an activity or want to find out more about incorporating planetary science in your curriculum. We appreciate hearing from you and are willing to correspond ...because that helps us help you share the excitement of space! It also helps us write our end-of-the-year reports on how useful the web site is in different grade levels and settings across the planet. Thank you to all the educators from preschool to college, librarians, geology students, teachers-in-training, and coordinators of science programs who write to us when using these activities.

How to Cite Internet Resources in a Bibliography
1. The author's name. In our case it's Hawaii Space Grant Consortium.
2. Date of publication, in parentheses. A date is listed at the top of every activity.
3. Full title of the document.
4. Title of the complete work, in italics.
5. Full URL.
6. Date you accessed the web page, in parentheses.

Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (1996) Gelatin Volcanoes. Exploring Planets in the Classroom. http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/GelVolTe.html (12 July 2014).

Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium is located at the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in Honolulu.

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Release date: 14 May 1996.   Last update: 24 July 2014.   Enhanced with JavaScript.
URL is http://www.spacegrant.hawaii.edu/class_acts/
These resources will evolve with planned updates and additions. This is a K-12 Education project of the Hawai‘i Space Grant Consortium.   Communications: Linda Martel

National Science Digital Library
Exemplary resource
Community Collection
Exploratorium 10 cool sites
Awarded NOV 2000.
Earth & Sky Resource
Tools for Education & Research.
Selected JAN 2001.
Griffith Observatory Star Award
Awarded JUNE 24, 2001.
New Scientist Award
Site of the Day : JAN 12, 2001.
Surfing the Net with Kids Award
Awarded FEB 2008
for "Volcanology."
education world
Innovative Teaching
Awarded MARCH 2002.
Teacher Information Network Gold Award
Awarded APRIL 2001.
Featured site in Earth
and Space: Geology.
Intelibuzz Cool Site
Cool Site
Featured site in It's Cool: Science.
Blue Web'n Award
5 Star Award from
Blue Web'n.
Busy Educator's Award
Awarded JULY 2002.
Scout Report for Physical Sciences
Physical Sciences Education
SEPT. 2002
Kid Scoop Choice Web Award
Awarded JUNE 17, 2009.
Schoolzone 5-star rating
5-star rating.
The Franklin Institute
Space Science Hotlist--Teacher Resource.