Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Did you make a model of the solar system in school?

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU
 
Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 07:36 PM
Original message
Did you make a model of the solar system in school?
This flap over Pluto reminded me of years ago, when Pluto was a planet and life was simpler. ;-)

Back in 3rd grade, which was during the Ford administration for those keeping score - we were assigned the project of making a model of the solar system. How we did it was up to us. Some did drawings, some did mobiles - there was no proper format. Instead of grades, we would be given this score based on "Outstanding" (the highest), then "Excellent", a "check plus", a "check", and a "check minus" (the lowest) for the true underachievers (none of that wussy self-esteem 'all students get gold stars' shit for us - we were hardened by Watergate and Vietnam dammit!).

My sister had this craft book, and in it was a recipe which used flour, corn starch, and who knows what else, for making 'sculptures' like bookends and ashtrays. Just bake it in the oven like a poor man's ceramic, and voila! I decided that it would be cool to "bake" the planets, and paint them using tempra paint, which was the paint recommended by the book. But how would I display my baked beauties?

I took the bottom of a cardboard box, and cut holes in them just large enough to display the top half of the planets. The sun was a large styrofoam ball, painted yellow. The box was painted black, and the orbits blue lines, with the names painted next to each planet, including lowly Pluto. It was quite colorful and informative, mind you. :D

I got an "Outstanding". The teacher wanted to show the few "Outstandings" to the principal, who was duly impressed. They asked me if I had any help. Well...

I had to confess: My mom handled putting the baking sheet with the planets into the oven, and taking them out. They allowed that as acceptable help. :whew:

So! Did any of you have to make a model, or was it something given much coverage? I have always loved astronomy, and the story today got me to thinking of things which encouraged this interest.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Joe Fields Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 07:45 PM
Response to Original message
1. No, but I did astral project myself to Pluto once. I made sure to
bring a parka. Didn't stay long. No liquor stores.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Crewleader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:05 PM
Response to Original message
2. I can remember those times Zomby
Edited on Thu Aug-24-06 08:05 PM by Crewleader
and hearing Pluto is no longer a planet....felt like a bit of our science history was stolen from us today...the tiny planet was one my favorites! :)

Always Good to see you....give NSMA a Birthday Hug when you see her....I need both your e-mails,the old dinosaur puter went. :hug:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:33 PM
Response to Original message
3. No planets, but a relief map of South America
Found I loved the project. Unlike normal kids, who just sculpted a long, single ridge for the Andes, I went into great detail. Using my trusty National Geographic maps, I put in about a zillion (or maybe a brazillion ;) ) little individual mountain ranges and steep valleys.

Took me longer than the other kids, but it was shown in the big School Department Building downtown :woohoo:

Didn't use bakers clay. It hadn't been invented yet. The teacher brought in bags of this nifty, fine grayish stuff which we mixed with water and used like clay. It dried without heat and then we painted it. I think she called is
as-bes-tos

And, yes, I do have a lot of respiratory problems. Why do you ask? :shrug:
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:36 PM
Response to Original message
4. No. But I did make a model of the Milky Way.
I made the little stars out of Christmas sparkle. I put one star in place every ten seconds and - without sleeping ever or doing anything else - I was able to finish my model in about 33 years.

You may think that's trivial, but I assure you that placing each star correctly with respect to the other 99,999,999 at a rate of ten per second without sleep is a difficult task.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Mutley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:38 PM
Response to Original message
5. Yup.
With styrofoam balls and wire. I colored them all and had them at different orbits around the sun. I think I must have been in second or third grade when I did this.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
likesmountains 52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:56 PM
Response to Original message
6. oh yea..and I made them with both of my kids too!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Ptah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 08:58 PM
Response to Original message
7. Pluto's been tombstoned.
Please refer to the ex-plant as it-that-shall-not-be-named.

Thank you.
tombstoned!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
MoseyWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-24-06 09:01 PM
Response to Original message
8. Are the evil stupid evolutionary inclined scientists
just making fun of Pluto, like the bullies in the schoolyard?

Damn them. Damn them all.

stupid scientists. We should all be thankful for the creationist choice we are all offered by the grace of jesus on a tortilla.

damn those scientists. How could they take my favorite planet away?

Jesus knows it's wrong.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Nov 19th 2019, 05:42 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » The DU Lounge Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC