Education and
Public Engagement
at the Lunar and Planetary Institute
Explore! Jupiter's Family Secrets

Jupiter's Family Secrets Overview of Activities

Explore! Jupiter's Family Secrets will acquaint you with Jupiter and NASA's Juno mission! The activities showcase how the Juno mission will unveil Jupiter's deepest secrets, including clues about how our solar system formed and Jupiter's unique traits.

Explore these activities on this website, or download a complete PDF packet at

For Children Ages 8 to 13

Jump Start: Jupiter!: Learn about the solar system anduse your knowledge to create posters for display.

Jump to Jupiter: Create a solar system model, then count the jumps to each planet.

Planet Party: Plan a night sky observing party with a local astronomical society.

Jiggly Jupiter: Build edible models of Jupiter and Earth to compare their sizes and layers.

Weather Stations: These brief station activities explore the relationship between temperature and pressure, the water cycle, cloud observations, models of storms, a model to generate wind, cloud poetry, and creating weather instruments.

For Children Ages 10 to 13

Investigating the Insides: Make observations of “planets” to infer the composition of unseen materials.

Neato-Magneto Planets: Study magnetic fields at stations: examine everyday items, use a compass to map a magnetic field, create a model of a global magnetic fields, and observe aurora.

From Your Birthday to Jupiter's: Model your personal timeline, act out a cultural story of our origins, and then explore Jupiter’s timeline from today back to its "birthday."

Solar System in My Neighborhood: Shrink the scale of the solar system to the size of your neighborhood or city.

Dunking the Planets: Compare the relative sizes and densities of scale models of the planets as represented by fruits and vegetables.

Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter!: Weigh yourself on scales modified to represent weights on other worlds, then determine which characteristics cause a planet to have more or less gravity.

The Pull of the Planets: Model the gravitational fields of planets on a flexible surface.

My Trip to Jupiter: Create a scrapbook or posters documenting your activities in Jupiter’s Family Secrets.