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Paper Plate Education
"Serving the Universe on a Paper Plate"

Activities:  Miscellaneous Topics

 
Title Description Content
Atoms Build atoms from plates representing protons, electrons, and neutrons.
Blood  Platelets

Color Wheel Color multiple plates with varied combinations and rotate them rapidly on a paint brush spinner.
Dig This! Simulate an archeological dig with a stack of plates and recreate a timeline as you peel away plates that each represent a given number of years. To scale intersperse pictures of "artifacts."
Double Helix Make DNA "ladder" by spiraling and intertwining two plates.
Orbital Shells Demonstrate the principle of orbital shells with stacked plates and cake trays of successive sizes.
Plate Teachtonics Teach plate tectonics by cutting paper plates into tectonic plates.
Rainbow Finder I Construct a rainbow finder to locate a potential rainbow and to predict its apparent size. Ref.
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Rainbow Finder II Construct a rainbow finder to locate a potential rainbow and to predict its apparent size.
Rainbow Wall Build a rainbow model from suspended clear and colored plates representing water drops.
Sine Waves Construct a sine curve from two plate halves. Pix
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Vanishing Spacecraft Demonstrate visual blind spots that cause satellites to disappear from vision. Ref.
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Vernier scale Construct a working model of a vernier scale.

[Note: As we build this site we will be uploading much information that has already been published.  The far right column indicates what you will find if you click the links that are highlighted under the Title column.  "Ref" indicates that the material was previously published in the respective Proceedings of the Annual Great Lakes Planetarium Association Conference and the reference is cited.  As a membership benefit, GLPA members may order back issues from GLPA while supplies last.  "Pix" indicates that a picture or image(s) can be found at the Title's linked page.  "Text" indicates that you can find text or a write-up on the activity at the linked page,  though some instructions are admittedly sparse for now.]

 

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