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Creating Craters

Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Crater, meteorite, energy

Introduction

How did the Moon get its craters? What about the craters on Earth? Why do they look the way they do? Find out in this fun science activity, as you make your own craters by dropping balls into a tray of flour.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Large baking pan or shallow cardboard box
  • Flour (enough to fill the pan)
  • Cocoa powder (enough to create a thin layer on top of the flour)
  • Sieve or sifter
  • Balls of various sizes
  • Optional: ruler and meter stick
    Materials required to do the flour crater science activity

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Crater, meteorite, energy