Mission to the Moon Model
Students learn the importance of scale in model making. They use size relationships and distance relationships rather than large numbers to make an Earth to Moon distance model that is theirs as a takeaway. They become aware of misconceptions about distance in space.
Mission to the Moon Model: Making an Earth-Moon Size and Distance Scale Model is part of the STEM2D Student Activity Series. The content and layout were both developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center as part of Johnson & Johnson's WiSTEM2D initiative (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Manufacturing, and Design), using a template provided by FHI 360 and JA Worldwide. This series includes a suite of interactive and fun, hands-on activities for girls (and boys), ages 5-18, globally.