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Midnight Update: EFSC's Palm Bay Campus will reopen Thursday, with all classes and exams taking place as scheduled. A power outage canceled late afternoon and evening classes and final exams on Wednesday. Students should check with their instructors for any impact on Wednesday's Final Exam schedules. Updates will be posted here, shared through Titan Alerts and social media.

Hands-on Science at the EFSC Planetarium

Browse the list of exhibits found in our Science Quest Exhibit Hall, complete with resources for teachers, students and the community to help you learn more. Classroom materials are listed by grade level.

The Big Dipper

The Big Dipper

Effectively shrinking us and the Big Dipper by a factor of 700 trillion, this exhibit lets you view the familiar Big Dipper's stars as seen from Earth while standing on an Earth Mat. Every foot you move away from the Mat takes you 2.7 light years farther from Earth. Classroom materials include a teacher resource sheet, worksheets, games and a PowerPoint presentation.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]
PowerPoint [Download PPTX]
Student Worksheet [Download PDF]
Word Searches [Download K-3] [Download K-3 Easy] [Download 4+]
Crossword Puzzles [Download K-3] [Download 4+]

 



The Foucault Pendulum

The Foucault Pendulum

The Foucault pendulum demonstrates the Earth’s rotation and was first exhibited in Paris in 1851 by French physicist Jean Foucault. It's a 235-pound pendulum suspended from the ceiling on a 35-ft cable, with 59 golf tees and balls arranged around the perimeter. The Foucault Pendulum strikes a golf ball every 26 minutes as the platform rotates. moving the ball into the pendulum's path. An illuminated Earth globe adjacent to the pendulum shows the Earth's rotation as viewed from space and the changing pattern of darkness and daylight. A small model demonstrates how the pendulum obeys Newton's First Law of Motion.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]



The Gravity Well

The Gravity Well

Insert a coin and launch it into orbit, watching it move faster and faster as it approaches the central hole. The surface of the gravity well is a model of the "fabric of space," by simulating your coin as a planet orbiting the sun. The gravity well is also a model for a Black Hole, pulling an object by the Black Hole's great gravity.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]
PowerPoint [Download PPTX]
     Student Worksheet [Download PDF]
     Word Searches [Download K-3] [Download K-3 Easy]
     [Download 4+]
     Crossword Puzzles [Download K-3] [Download 4+]



Guassian Melody

Guassian Melody

Gaussian Melody demonstrates statistical probability using ball bearings in a visually intuitive display. Steel and plastic balls fall through an array of pins to produce a random melody. The pin array emulates the classic Gaussian distribution demonstration in which numerous balls are fed at the top of a triangular array of pins, then bounce through the pins to become distributed along the bottom with a Gaussian profile.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]



Meteorite

Meteorite

Our meteorite is part of  a large meteorite that fell near Odessa, Texas about 62,000 years ago! Meteorites may be made out of iron, nickel, and silicate.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]
PowerPoint [Download PPTX]
Student Worksheet [Download PDF]
Word Searches [Download K-3] [Download K-3 Easy] [Download 4+]
Crossword Puzzles [Download K-3] [Download 4+]

 


Observatory

Observatory

A 20-foot-diameter Observatory Dome housing a 24-inch reflecting telescope. The optical system is similar tot he Hubble Space Telescope. It has a camera in place of the eyepiece which displays images on a computer screen where groups can watch at the same time. The Observatory Dome also includes smaller telescopes, various lenses and astronomical devices, and computers. The Planetarium's Observatory is open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings, weather permitting. You can view more information and find other astronomy and sky tools in the observatory section of the website.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]




Planet Wall

planet

The Planet Wall exhibit allows participants to weigh themselves on the Sun, Moon and planets of our Solar System. The Planet Wall depicting the Sun, Moon and nine planets let you see the relative size of the planets and how it affects gravity. There is also a scale in which participants can see what their weight would be in other Solar Systems.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]




Spectra

spectra

Using an array of discharge tubes (i.e. fluorescent lights) each containing a different type of gas, Spectra! graphically demonstrates how by reading the spectral lines of stars, astronomers can determine from a distance what stars are made of. We know what stars are made of, know their structures and understand their lives only because we are able to observe and analyze their spectra.

Teacher Resource Sheet (Download PDF)



Telescope Station

telescopes

Three different telescopes stand on a raised platform and allow participants to examine the Moon Hemisphere Model, where you may find the marker showing the location of the Apollo 11 landing site in the Sea of Tranquility. These actual, working, scientific instruments demonstrate, compare and contrast some properties of reflecting and refracting optical telescopes.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]
PowerPoint [Download PPTX]
     Student Worksheet [Download PDF]
     Word Searches [Download K-3] [Download K-3 Easy]
     [Download 4+]
     Crossword Puzzles [Download K-3] [Download 4+]


Turntable

turntable

The turntable exhibit demonstrates how rotating reference frames affect an object's perceived motion using small plastic disks and rings 7-10 cm in diameter. A ring spinning on edge may stay on the turntable for a while, when a disk laid flat will move in a straight line as soon as it slides off the turntable. Once it is up to speed and stable, you can let it go. How long will it spin?

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]



Van de Graaff Generator

Van De Graaff Generator

Shock your friends or make your hair stand on end with the electrifying Van de Graaff  Generator - and no one gets hurt. This simple laboratory device can generate up to 500,000 Volts of static electrical charge. This exhibit helps to explain how lightening is created. It's named for Robert J. Van de Graaff who in 1929 designed and built an electrostatic generator that was used extensively in nuclear physics research.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]



Whisper Dishes

Whisper Dish

The Whisper Dish exhibit features a pair of old satellite dishes whose special properties allow you to "secretly" communicate across a crowded and noisy room. Whisper and listen with a friend using these curved (parabolic) dishes. Each dish gathers and projects the sound of the other. This exhibit is suitable for all ages, and especially fascinating to our younger visitors.

Teacher Resource Sheet [Download PDF]