Homeschool Science - from Stratton House

ASTRONOMY

In the ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE you will:

EXPLORE THE NIGHT SKY WITH POWERFUL BINOCULARS 

      - Find craters on the moon, double stars and even the Orion Nebula.

      - Track the phases of the moon, and understand what causes phases.

      - Learn to recognize  shooting stars, satellites, and planets.


MODEL THE PHYSICS OF THE UNIVERSE

      - Pace off a scale model of the solar system

      - Feel the strength of gravity on other planets

      - Make artificial gravity to turn a cup of water upside down,  WITHOUT
         SPILLING!


16 LESSONS, half indoors and half outdoors at night. 

      - Enough equipment for two children working together.

      - With binoculars and star maps for all seasons of the year.

      - Planet charts so you will know where the planets are in the evenings.


Your family will be able to find things in the night sky that they have never seen before!  And when it's cloudy, choose one of the many daytime lessons. 

The ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE 

The included binoculars are these high quality 8x21 (8 power 21mm dia)

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

For Night Sky Observation

    1 beautiful 8x21 pair of binoculars

       (the black ones pictured at right) 

    4 Star Maps covering each season

    1 Planet Finder Chart

    1 Moon Phase Chart

    1 Magnetic Compass

For Experimentation and Modeling

    1 Thermometer and Greenhouse Apparatus

    1 Artificial Gravity Apparatus

    2 Sets of Planet Stickers

    1 Planet Modeling Equipment (clay, balloons, neon flags)

    1 Lunar Phase Model (ruler, straw, white ball)

To Guide you on your Exploration

    16 Student Lessons with a Parent Guide

         (see PDFs of sample lessons in the 

          table of contents below)

Also available as part of the 43 lesson triple set:

My seven year-old's favorite lesson was creating artificial gravity. My favorite lesson was making a scale model of the distances between the planets. Another fun lesson was modeling the planet sizes. Even my three year-old still remembers what the four gas giants are.  

- Lynne Hunter, Kent WA

ORDERING 

THE ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE

Also available without binoculars, in case you have your own. To order, first choose whether you want binoculars with your kit.

This kit is designed for one or two children who could work together as lab partners.

BEST DEAL: Buy as part of the 43 lesson triple set, 

ASTRONOMY, BIRDS and MAGNETISM.

NEW!  Select your own topics and save money.

Save $10 for each topic beyond the first [savings included in prices shown].

Or use this to double or triple the equipment in any one topic.

They usually ship in a single box.


Choose First Topic . . .                          

then Second Topic . . .                       

and Third Topic (optional)




TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THE ASTRONOMY ADVENTURE

1    Tracking the Moon - Chart the phases of the moon for a month. 

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

2    Exploring the Moon - Use a pair of binoculars to see and draw craters on the moon. 

            (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

3    Phases of the Moon - Construct a 3D model that will show what causes the moon's phases. 

4    Welcome to the Solar System - Create a map of the solar system using planet stickers.

5    Modeling Planet Sizes - Use balloons and clay balls to make scale models of all the planet. 

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

6    An Interplanetary Hike - Create a giant scale model of the solar system. 

            (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

7    Artificial Gravity - Use the power of centrifugal force to create artificial gravity. 

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

8    Gravity on Other Planets - Use the artificial gravity machine to simulate gravity on other planets.  

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

9    Mercury and Venus - Perform a greenhouse experiment to find out why Venus is, on average, hotter than Mercury.

10   Invent Your Own Constellation - Find images in a starry sky. 

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

11    Is It a Star? - Learn to recognize shooting stars, satellites, planets and comets.

12   The Night Sky - Orion & Taurus - Use the powerful binoculars to discover star clusters and the Orion Nebula. 

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

13   The Night Sky - The Dippers 

                - Discover the North Star. See double stars, constellations, and celestial motion.

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)

14   The Night Sky - The Summer Triangle 

                -See planets, constellations, double stars, and the Milky Way. 

15   The Night Sky - Sagittarius & Scorpio 

                - Use the binoculars to see nebulas as you look toward the center of our galaxy. 

16    Curved Space - Explore how the curvature of space could explain gravity using a simple balloon and BB. 

             (CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF THIS LESSON)