How to Build a 3D Model of the Universe

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When teaching students about the universe, it can be difficult to portray the vastness and grandeur of outer space. But giving your students the opportunity to build a 3D model will help them understand the enormity of the universe.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • Wooden dowel, 1 inch thick by 24 inches long
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Craft glue
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cut out shapes from cardboard that resemble galaxies. Make some galaxy shapes look like spirals and some like clusters.

  • Paint details onto the galaxies using acrylic paint. Use lighter colors to add stars and nebulae onto the galaxies so they will appear to glow.

  • Allow the paint to dry completely.

  • Glue a 12-inch piece of twine onto each galaxy.

  • Tie the other ends of the twine onto a dowel, spacing them out evenly.

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  • Photo Credit universe image by Josef F Stuefer from Fotolia.com
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