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Investigating Impact Craters—Super Value Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP7676 

Price: $72.51

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In the Investigating Impact Craters Activity Kit for astronomy and space science, study crater formation and explore how depth and diameter are affected by a meteorite's mass, diameter, and velocity.

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Gaze at a full moon on a clear night and you’ll notice circular features that can easily be seen. These circular impact craters were created on the moon by space debris striking the surface. In this activity, students study crater formation and explore how depth and diameter are affected by a meteorite’s mass, diameter, and velocity. Students develop scientific practices as they investigate questions, collect and analyze data, make observations, and draw conclusions. Bring space science down to Earth with this engaging hands-on activity!

Super Value Kit is complete for eight student groups. All materials are reusable!


Materials Included in Kit: 
Sand, 2 kg, 2
Ceramic ring magnet, small, 16
Glass marble, 19 mm, 8
Ruler, metric/english, clear, 15 cm, 8
Steel ball, solid, ½", 8
Steel ball, solid, ¾", 8
Steel ball, solid, ⅝", 8
Styrofoam balls, ¾", 8
Weighing dish, 5.5 g, 5½" x 5½", 8

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
HS-ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
HS-ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

MS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to describe the cycling of Earth’s materials and the flow of energy that drives this process.
MS-ESS3-1. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how the uneven distributions of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources are the result of past and current geoscience processes.
HS-ESS1-6. Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.
HS-ESS2-1. Develop a model to illustrate how Earth’s internal and surface processes operate at different spatial and temporal scales to form continental and ocean-floor features.