Sun Activities

 
Special Opportunity: Sun Discovery Kits
 

Sun Discovery Kit contents against a starry background.The Museum of the North has developed comprehensive Sun Discovery Kits designed for afterschool programs and classrooms throughout Alaska. Explore seasons, sun observation, NASA science, climate and energy, the aurora, and more!

Kits contain STEAM focused activities, supplies for kinesthetic learning, and a wide range of hands-on learning materials. The included activities can be presented individually or as longer units and are are designed to support multi-age groups.

Ten kits will be distributed free of charge to programs throughout Alaska. Preference will be given to rural sites. 

To request a Sun Discovery Kit for your classroom or afterschool program, go to bit.ly/sunkitapp.

 


 
Explore the Sun with these hands-on activities!

An artist's drawing of the Sun, with the Moon's shadow partially eclipsing it.

The Sun (also called Sol) is the star at the center of our Solar System. Its gravity holds the solar system together. The Sun's warmth and light make life possible on Earth. Discover more about the shadows, eclipses, and scientists explore the Sun from far away!


 
Activities

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  • Explore Albedo: Create an albedo collage and see which surfaces absorb or reflect heat from the Sun.
  • Kinesthetic Astronomy: Investigate the seasons, equinoxes, and solstices as you act out the orbits of planets around the Sun.
  • Bear's Shadow: Explore the idea of shadows with younger kids. How does the sun create a shadow on an object or person? How can you move that shadow by moving the source of light?
  • Big Sun/Small Moon: Discover how we can see a solar eclipse on Earth. Try this activity with different sized balls you have available.
  • Solar Eclipse: Visually demonstrate how the shadow of the moon moves over the earth during an eclipse.

 Find more Sun activities at the Solar Week website!

 


 

Video: Exploring the Sun


Discover fun facts about the Sun, and create a suncatcher!

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This project was funded under NASA cooperative agreement NNX16AL65A and cooperative agreement number NNH15ZDA004C. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and  do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.