ScienceWiz Interactive Planets Kit and Book
- Grades: 2+
- Number of Students: 1-2
- Number of Lessons: 10
- Contact Hours: N/A
- Additional Resources: N/A
Explore the Solar System as never before possible. Planets seamlessly combines 10 hands-on projects with a highly-interactive, book you can TALK to. YES! A book you can TALK to! It runs in all browsers, on desktops, laptops, tablets and cell phones. It does not require special software. Online Discovery PLANETS combines storytelling with:
- A PLANET FINDER app
- 4K video streaming
- Electra, an AI-based expert. She answers questions, makes up riddles and jokes, she can even write poetry!
- 3D model manipulations
- 10 Hands-on activities
- Interactive explorations
- A suite of gravity simulators
With the PLANET FINDER: You can point your cell phone or tablet at the sky in any direction and the app will identify the stars, planets and constellations in that region. Take a Grand Tour through the Solar System — appropriate for planetary explorers of all ages. Planets combines 10 hands-on projects with a highly-interactive, book you can talk to! Ask the AI-based avatar, Electra, anything you like. She will speak and text the answer. This is not just a book, it is an extraordinary new type of experience, appropriate for planetary explorers of all ages.
- Build a model of the 8 planets in the Solar System to scale.
- Take a 4K video tour of Mars’ varied landscapes, as seen by three of NASA’s rovers!
- Spin through 3D models of the planets, moons and asteroids.
- Ponder the existence of giant diamond icebergs floating in liquid carbon oceans deep inside the largest planets.
- Learn about deep oceans of water encapsulated beneath the surfaces of a number of planetary moons and even inside the dwarf planet, Pluto. Do these oceans harbor life? We are going to find out.
- Watch as your view of the Earth telescopes out to the edge of the Solar System in the video, The Pale Blue Dot, narrated by Carl Sagan.
- Discover how our understanding of gravity has evolved from Newton to Einstein. Manipulate, spin, model and ponder space-time.
- Which is the most studied meteorite ever to have landed on Earth? What has it revealed about the early history of the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth?
- Explore a spectacular set of gravity simulators to monitor near-Earth asteroids; to watch Earth’s lost Moon escape; to examine exoplanets in other Solar Systems; and to visualize what happens when galaxies collide.
- What is an equinox? What is a solstice? What causes the seasons? How have the cycles of the Earth guided humans toward an understanding of the cosmos? Do other planets have seasons?
- Take a brief but intriguing look at the history of astronomy. Learn about the breakthrough events that led to our current understanding of the cosmos.
- Have a question? Select the Electra ICON and she will materialize. Converse with her by either speaking or typing. Click her away to return to the book.