Get to Know Your Friendly Neighborhood Solar System
Take time out of your day to learn about how a day actually happens, not to mention the years, seasons, tides, phases of the moon, and lunar and solar eclipses. While you're at it, take a peek into the movements, operations, facts, and phenomena of the planetary bodies in the cozy community orbiting our sun, SOL.
See my image carousel in the next section for a visual tour of the devices available in this program.
Tour the Planets of Our Solar System
After a short bit of orienteering in our galaxy (and Universe), take a quick trip to each of the planets (and one dwarf-planet) in our Solar System and learn a few fun-facts as well as some very useful knowledge.
Explore seasons, Tides & moon phases
After settling into our immediate neighborhood, learn about how Earth's rotation makes our days, how its orbit makes our seasons, and how the Sun, Moon, and Earth interact to create the moon's phases and the ocean tides.
Recreate Seasons & Eclipses
Wrap up your trip with a look at the most celebrated (and for some, the most frightening) aspects of Earth's little arrangement with the Moon; the mechanics of both Solar and Lunar eclipses, as well as gain insight of the planetary mechanics that result in days and the seasons.
Are you up for a great visual and hands-on exploration of our planetary family as well as the neighborhood interactions of the Earth, Moon, and Sol?
Delve into the SOL: A Solar System Journey Presentation (please be patient while loading)
Download the Program Description/Common Core Map
Please Note: Presentation and materials are for showcase purposes only and not meant to be used without explicit permission.
Observation & Interactivity Tools
I am fortunate to have three specialized, elegant, and educational tools for this program:
Orrery: Consists of nine planets (pre-Pluto demotion) and their major moons orbiting the Sun at a precise 1/250 millionth interval, accurately reflecting the motions of the planets.
Scale Model of the Solar System: A fully curated and precise 1/2 billionth scale model of the Sun, planets and moons as well as the asteroid belt, the Kuiper belt, and all three officially recognized dwarf planets (Ceres, Eris and Pluto.
Tellurium: Features a light projecting Sun at the center of an orbiting arm that holds a model of the Earth rotating correctly on its axis as well as the Moon accurately depicted in its tiled orbit.
Program participants observe and/or interact with these tools throughout the program, recording discoveries about the Sun, planets, their motions, the phases of the Moon, the passage of days and seasons, the movements of eclipses, etc. in their special Solar System Passport book.
Click on any photo to learn more about a device. Use the arrows at the left and right to move to different photos or simply allow the photos to scroll automatically.
Logistics, Fee & Delivery Requirements
Duration: 2.0 hour interactive program | Ages: 8/9-Adult/Senior | Participants: 4-30 | Cost: Starting at $319 for 2 hours ($30 additional 1 hour) | Requirements: Video Projector with HDMI port and speakers ; 3 large tables arranged in a line down the center of the room for the Solar System scale model ; 1 large table for presenter's items ; 6 medium tables with chairs for hands-on stations (1 station with electricity) ; Pencils for all participants ; Scissors and crayons/markers for 6 participants ; 1.0 hour setup and breakdown times; additional travel charges may apply. Contact for details.
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