ASTRO - KITS
Making Science Fun for the Whole Family!
Night Sky Adventure
Night Sky Adventure helps families get to know the bright stars
and constellations of each season. Families get to build their
own star finder, put their family heroes in the sky, and do a
celestial treasure hunt.
Race to the Planets
Race to the Planets encourages the exploration of many intriguing
worlds in our solar system. Families get to play a newly developed
planets game (with a secret decoder), build their own planetary
flags, and figure what they would weigh on Jupiter or Pluto.
Moon Mission explores our closest neighbor, the Moon, the only
celestial body human have actually set foot on. Families play
a collaborative game where they work and plan together to bring
a number of damaged instruments back to their Moon Base; they
have only two weeks (one day on the Moon) to do this. Families
also share moon stories, learn why the moon has phases, and find
out how high they can jump on the Moon.
Cosmic Decoders is designed to be done in two parts.
In the first part, families learn how to sort beautiful pictures
of various kinds of cosmic objects. They construct “Cosmic Visors”
to compare what their world and the universe look like in different
colors, and create and display “secret messages” using a color
In the second part, families learn about messages scientists are
sending to and trying to receive from possible civilizations among
the stars. They work together to decode an interesting cosmic
message and then have fun constructing their own family message
to send into space. Since aliens are unlikely to speak English
(or any other human language), families must use some kind of
picture code to make their messages intelligible.
Every family also takes home a “Cosmic Decoders” card set. The
set of 72 beautiful color cards (with images of galaxies, star
clusters, and nebulae) lets families play at least four different
games that teach astronomy and encourage both competitive and
Family ASTRO is a program of Raritan Valley Community College
and Somerset County 4-H. It is developed by the Astronomical Society
of the Pacific, and funded by the National Science Foundation.
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