Impact Craters

Impact craters are caused when an impactor collides with a planet or moon. A crater’s size and features depend on the mass, velocity, and angle of the incoming impactor.

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This fascinating phenomenon provides insight into the age and geology of a planet’s surface. For this activity, students created impact craters with rocks, and then examined the associated features.

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They then observed images of lunar craters and explored how mass, shape, and velocity affected the size of the crater.

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As a result, your child learned about constructing models, which can be tools for understanding the natural world.

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They also experimented with cause and effect, and practiced their critical thinking skills!

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