How to Build a 3D Model of the Universe

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You can make a 3D model of the universe using craft materials.
You can make a 3D model of the universe using craft materials. (Image: universe image by Josef F Stuefer from Fotolia.com)

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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