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Planet in a Bottle / Extreme Planet Project

In this activity, students learn the basic principles behind the Goldilocks zone, extremophiles, and astrobiology through a reading, two experiments, and a project. In part one, students conduct experiments on three simulated planets in bottles and collect data on each planet’s suitability for life. In part two, students build their own simulated planet and explore changes variables to make planets more or less hospitable to life. Lastly, students can design their own planet using NASA web resources then create an extremophile that would live on the planet. Grades 5-12.

Key Concepts

planets, extremophiles, goldilocks zone, astrobiology

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Duration

Reading 20-30 min., Exp. 1: 30-90+ min., Exp. 2: 20-45 min., Project: 90+ min

Audience

6-8, 9-12

Partners

Astrobiology Biogeocatalyisis Research Center

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Topics

Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science, Space Science

Resource Type

Lesson Plan

Format

Acrobat PDF

Updated

11/18/2015 4:02:15 PM

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