World Builders -- Session One
Locating Your Planet Near a Star
In this session you
will learn about moons and planets and the types of stars that
they orbit. You will be making the first decisions about your
- Will it be a cold world?
- A tropical one?
- Will it have the same gravity as earth?
- Will it have a lot of water, or just a little?
- What sort of atmosphere will it have?
1. The first thing that you need to do is
to form groups to work on your individual
planets. Building a planet (especially in ten sessions!) is too
much work for one person. Your group will need the diverse talents
of the individuals in it, so share your areas of interest and
strength. Your group should contain four or five individuals.
It will be helpful if at least one has computer skills.
2. Your group will need to decide on
- the structure of your planetary system
- the names of your planet and its sun (and
- decide on the size,
mass, temperature and star type of your sun(s)
- decide on the masses and orbits of your planets
- length of your planet's year and day
- the energy received by your planet from its
Click on the colored phrases above for more
3. Homework: Bring to class next session
- an introductory page for your planet, listing
its name, giving a written description of your solar system,
and showing a graphic. A template, TEMPLATE TWO
is provided in the resources area to help you .
- a diagram of your solar system: Use a graphics
program (like SuperPaint), or modify a picture from the NASA
site, or draw and scan your picture. This will be on your web
- a small picture of your planet (about the
size of a quarter) in gif format to link to your planet from
the World Builders home page. Turn this in to Dr Viau as soon
- a page showing that you have worked out the
math for your system. (See Science
Loki is a planet designed by a group of World Builders
at Montana State University in the spring of 1993. They have
agreed to share their planet with you. Some material has been
added to give you a sense of how to work with your planet.
Shalimar is a planet that I have built for you. It shows you
- one way to organize your information
- examples of what kind of diagrams, pictures,
etc. will form the framework of your planetary narrative.
Now go to Helpful
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