Going the Distance

Activity 2.1

This exercise helps students to comprehend the scale of the solar system and the huge distances involved in travel in space. It gives students a chance to take an overview of the solar system as a whole while also learning about how orbits affect the distances between individual planets. It also introduces students to Astronomical Units (AU).

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  • Maths / Numeracy
  • Primary Science / Working Scientifically

Learning Methods

  • Code and Decode
  • Problem Solve
Going the Distance

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