For extra credit do as many projects you want. The more you do the greater the extra credit.
Measure your shadow at noon (or at the same time) during the following three times:
1) Early in the semester (the first week)
2) Mid semester
3) Two weeks before the end of the semester
Based on the above measurements, can you relate the length of your shadow and the height of the Sun?
Observe a constellation (such as Orion, or the Big Dipper, or Cassiopeia) at the same time at night for several days each month of the semester. Each time, draw on a paper roughly how high from the horizon the constellation is (i.e. 10 degrees, 30 degrees, etc), and roughly what direction (i.e., East, West, North, South, SW, NW, NE, SE). After several months of observation, as the semester is finishing, can you make a statement on the constellation's position through the months?
Observe the shadow (and draw it on paper) of a vertical stick each day at the same time. Do several observations, for example, several days each month of the semester. Is the shadow of the stick the same length and in the same direction each day? Based on your results, can you comment on whether the Sun rises each day exactly from East, or not? If not, based on your observations, from where has the Sun been rising each day?
What is an AU and how do we measure it? What is a parallax and how is it used by astronomers in measuring the distance of a star?
Having in mind Kepler's three laws, create a computer animation of the heliocentric model.
Construct or animate a sundial.
More Activities: Astronomical Society of the Pacific
10 more projects:
Having the diagram below as a guide of the sky, document the angular height and compass direction of a specific star at a various instances of time, during several weeks.
In your mind, connect the line between the zenith and a star and extend it towards the horizon. Using this line find the stars angular height and compass direction.