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Craters on the Moon
Why are the Moon’s craters such different shapes and sizes?
Craters on the Moon Extension
Video (Portuguese intro)
Earth on Earth
Using a globe in the sunshine to show how day/night and the seasons work
Earth on Earth  
Eclipse the lollipop
Modelling eclipses of the Moon and the Sun with a ball, lollipops and a bright light
Eclipse the lollipop  
Hor or not?
Investigating how latitude affects the amount of solar radiation received
Hot or not?  
Jaffa moon
Modelling the phases of the Moon using Jaffa CakesTM
Jaffa moon  
Lollipop moon
Modelling the phases of the Moon with a ball, lollipops and a bright light
Lollipop moon  
Milankovitch cycles and the Earth – by hand
Modelling the Earth’s squashed orbit, tilt and wobble using your hands
Milankovitch cycles by hand  
Playground planets
Modelling the relative sizes of the planets and their distances from the Sun
Playground planets Extension
Polystyrene moon
Visualising the phases of the Moon using a ball on a stick
Polystyrene moon  
Screaming roller coaster
How fast am I travelling (due to Earth’s spin and Earth’s orbit)?
Screaming roller coaster  
Seasons: the effect of our tilted Earth
An indoor demonstration explaining the changing seasons
Seasons  
Why does the Sun disappear?
Demonstrate what happens when the Moon hides the Sun
Why does the Sun disappear?