This simulation allows players to construct their own solar systems using suns and planets. All objects exert gravitational forces on all others, so that planets can eject each other from the system if their orbits are too close. Players can create a system that mimics our own solar system with planets stably orbiting around our sun, or they can create systems from their own imaginations with multiple suns.
In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 3-8, students use BrainPOP resources to define a celestial body and explain how objects orbit and rotate. Students then use online gaming tools to create a replica of our solar system. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »