DIY Discover It Yourself: Space
Explore Above the Atmosphere This Summer
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be above the Earth’s atmosphere? The Amazeum can’t send you into space but we can help your child discover what it is like to take on the role of a space investigator by learning about the planets and constellations, building robots and rockets, learning about survival strategies and discovering concepts such as gravity and aerodynamics. Create your own Summer Camp experience at home by conducting experiments, discovering more about our universe and investigating what it takes to be a space explorer.
Summer nights are the perfect time to go outside and look at space. A great way to begin discovering our universe at home is by simply observing the nighttime sky. My Discovery Telescope is an entry-level telescope with 12x magnification power, allowing you to observe the Moon’s surface firsthand. Your location on Earth also determines what stars and constellations you see, and how high they appear to rise in the sky. Did you know that there are 88 official constellations in the sky? Using your Discovery Telescope, you can search the night sky for constellations and planets, discovering the patterns of the night sky as the Earth orbits around the Sun. Click here to get your Discovery Telescope at Curiosity Corner, our museum store.
Why do you land on the ground when you jump up instead of floating off into space? The answer is gravity: an invisible force that pulls objects toward each other. The Make Your Own Levitation Ball is a hands-on experiment that explores concepts such as gravity, aerodynamics, and the Bernoulli Principle. Have fun blowing in the tube to keep the ball afloat! When air speeds up, pressure drops, and this pushes the ball back to the center of the airstream. Click here to get the Make Your Own Levitation Ball at Curiosity Corner. Would you like to learn more about what the Bernoulli Principle looks like? Click here to explore an Amazeum YOU activity, the Bernoulli Obstacle Course.
Have you ever wondered what astronauts eat while in space? In the early days of NASA, one challenge was feeding astronauts during their expeditions. Freeze-drying food not only allows it to be shelf-stable and long-lasting, but it also makes it easy to pack small and light and be simple to prepare. The Astronaut® Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich represents the advances in freeze-drying techniques NASA pioneered for its missions. Click here to try one of these crispy, lightweight treats at Curiosity Corner.