Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Primary School - Grades K-3
P=Project   E=Experiment
The size of a meteorite vs. the size of the crater it makes upon impact [E]
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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
How a Comet's Size Affects How Fast It Melts [E]
Demonstrate what happens when a meteor hits the earth and becomes a meteorite [P]
Collect micrometeorites from indoor and outdoor sources [E] [E]
Meteorites, Meteors, Micrometeorite, Asteroids, Comets
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Use a NASA asteroid database to identify asteroids that may be feasible destinations for early asteroid mining missions. [E]
Determine if it is possible to predict the size of a crater from the size and speed of the object (meteorite) that made it. [E]
Which method of collecting micrometeorites is more effective? [E] [E] [E]
Measure the coma (dust cloud) around Comet Holmes and find out if the dust cloud is expanding, and if so, is the rate of expansion accelerating or decelerating? [E]
Meteorites, Meteors, Micrometeorite, Asteroids, Comets
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Use data analysis to investigate NASA asteroid data and explain findings using your background research on the solar system. [E]
Use data from MESSENGER, NASA's mission to Mercury, to measure the diameter and calculate the depth of impact craters on Mercury's surface. [E]
Research the theory that an Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs [E] [E]
Is it Possible to Use Magnetic Fields to Prevent Earth Impacts by Near Earth Objects? [E]
Simulation of terrestrial impact craters [E]
Investigating the Chemical Signatures of Meteorite Impacts [E]
Quantify the trace chemical changes induced by ultrahigh temperatures and pressure in granite samples due to meteoritic impact. [E]
Analysis of a Potential Meteoritic Impact Crater in the Sacramento Basin [E]
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