This is my first entry under a new tab Resources, intended primarily for astronomy education to complement the astronomy topics in the Philippine K to 12 Science Curriculum. Teachers in the secondary level, science educators, students, as well as astronomy enthusiasts will benefit most from the teaching resources in this newly-created page.
What do you think will happen if an asteroid or a comet hits Earth?
Evidence of impacts caused by asteroids and comets have been found in various places on Earth and scientists believe that in the distant past, an asteroid or a comet impact might have led to the extinction of dinosaurs.
In this activity, students will simulate the formation of a crater using some common materials like marbles, flour, and a basin. It is intended for Grade 8 students, particularly, for the topic ‘Other Members of the Solar System (Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids)’ in the Grade 8 Science Learner’s Material (Unit 2, Module 3) published by the Department of Education. They will learn what an impact crater looks like and how the size of an object affects the size of the crater formed. This activity effectively illustrates to students that other members of the solar system, particularly comets, meteors, and asteroids, are capable of causing catastrophic effects in the event of an impact with Earth. To learn more about this activity, click here.
Prepared by the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development, University of the Philippines, Diliman. Originally posted at Agham, Impormasyon, at Matematika (AGIMAT), Science and Mathematics Resources for Teaching, UP NISMED.