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.
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.
They then observed images of lunar craters and explored how mass, shape, and velocity affected the size of the crater.
As a result, your child learned about constructing models, which can be tools for understanding the natural world.
They also experimented with cause and effect, and practiced their critical thinking skills!