Craters on Earth and Other Planets

Faulkes Telescopes Team, Eleftheria Tsourlidaki
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Language: 
English
Level of difficulty: 
Easy
Level of interaction: 
High
Average learning time: 
2 didactic hours
Access rights: 
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND)
Description: 

In this exercise students use the Impact Calculator lab to investigate what happens when a comet it hits the Earth. Through the investigation students get acquainted with the gravitational potential energy while they also practice with using mathematical formulas and making graphs.

Inquiry Learning Phases: 
Orientation (Orientation)
Conceptualisation (Conceptualisation)
Apps in use: 

The Concept Mapper tool lets learners create concept maps, to get an overview of the key concepts and their relations in a scientific domain. They can define their own concepts and relations or choose from a list of predefined terms.

As a...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

The Hypothesis Tool helps learners formulate hypotheses. Predefined domain terms can be combined to form a hypothesis, using drag and drop. Learners can also add their own terms using the Type your own box. As a teacher you can change the...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Exploration (Investigation)
Labs in use: 

In this lab, pupils can simulate the impact of an object (e.g., an asteroid) on the Earth, Moon or Mars. They can vary parameters such as the diameter, density and velocity of the projectile and see the characteristics of the resulting crater....Read more

Lab owner: 
European Space Agency (ESA)
Language: 
English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish
Age range: 
10-12, 12-14, 14-16, 16-18
Subject domain: 
Apps in use: 

The observation tool allows students to record observations made while preparing, conducting and analyzing experiments. Observations, together with data analyses, can later be retrieved in the conclusion tool as a basis for drawing conclusions....Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Experimentation ()
Apps in use: 

The Hypothesis Tool helps learners formulate hypotheses. Predefined domain terms can be combined to form a hypothesis, using drag and drop. Learners can also add their own terms using the Type your own box. As a teacher you can change the...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

This app allows students to upload files, e.g., assignment and reports, to the Inquiry learning Space. The app also allows teachers to download the uploaded files.Read more

Category: 
Collaboration apps, General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget

The observation tool allows students to record observations made while preparing, conducting and analyzing experiments. Observations, together with data analyses, can later be retrieved in the conclusion tool as a basis for drawing conclusions....Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Conclusion (Conclusion)
Apps in use: 

In the conclusion tool the learners can check whether the results of experiments in the form of data graphs and/or observations support their hypotheses from the hypothesis scratchpad or are relevant for the questions posed in the question...Read more

Category: 
Go-Lab inquiry apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Discussion (Discussion)
Apps in use: 

A simple note taking app for the students. This app automatically saves the notes for each student separately.Read more

Category: 
General apps
App type: 
OpenSocial gadget
Educational objective: 

Cognitive Objectives: Types of Knowledge

Scenario: 

Basic Go-Lab Inquiry Scenario

Students' prior knowledge: 
Students need to be able to make graphs.
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