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Planet calculator

This extension activity for gifted and talented scientists with a good grasp of mathematics and well-developed literacy skills introduces them to some of the fascinating worlds outside our own solar system. Students use data from the Kepler space telescope to draw graphs and make calculations to work out which of four exoplanets are in the habitable zones of their stars. The activity stands alone, but is best tackled following the other Oxford Sparks Key Stage 3 activity on exoplanets, Perfect Planet.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students plot exoplanet data on graphs.

  • Students analyse data and use graphs to predict which exoplanets might be able to support life.


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