Power of 10

I love this website — The Power of 10s and our place in the universe is put into perspective through a series of photographs that begin 10 million light years from the universe and then ‘move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.’

If you are looking for something that will trigger the "Aha!" moment in students, this site is sure to do it.   There are a number of videos about power of 10 that cover this- but something about the simplicity of these images that really resonates with students. 

Do you have any "Aha!" websites, videos or video clips that always work with students? Post them here!


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  1. Sally Walter said:

    I thought the Power of 10’s website was great. Many age levels would be awed by the ability to compare the largest to the smallest things imaginable. As a first grade teacher and looking for websites to excite that age group, I found virtualearth.msn.com. This site shows aerial views of whatever location you type in. The children can find their school and even their own home. It would be an excellent way to build map reading skills and I think will amaze them, too.

  2. Carol Rosenthal said:

    Google Earth is a program that you can download from the website listed. It combines satellite imagery and maps. Use it to see amazing aerial photographs of your home and anywhere around the world. It is amazing!

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