A discovery using flour, cocoa and different-sized rocks to observe how meteors create craters on the moon’s surface.
What you need: White flour, cocoa, a baking pan, marbles or rocks
What you do:
- Make your moon surface by filling a pan with flour about 1 – 2 inches deep..
- Sprinkle cocoa on top to create contrast
- Bombs away! Hold each “meteor” at eye level and drop them onto your flour pan. Your meteors can be rocks, marbles or in our case we used hardened clay.
- Check out your craters!
Questions to explore:
- What do your craters look like when you drop small, medium or large meteors?
- What happens when you drop your meteors from different heights?
- Do the craters look different if you toss your meteors with a little force or from an angle?
- What can you make with your flour once you’re done?