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

Activity: Drinking Gourd II


Mass produce plates by drilling holes to represent Polaris (center of plate) and the seven stars of the Big Dipper.  Participants draw a drinking gourd around the Dipper.  Label the four seasons as shown to indicate the position of the drinking gourd relative to Polaris through the year.  

Also see Drinking Gourd and Constellation Projector for drinking gourd applications.  (Caveat: The historical credibility of The Drinking Gourd folklore is challenged at http://www.followthedrinkinggourd.org/index.htm.)

Contributed by Chuck Bueter.


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