Students first created a 2D sun that is displayed in the student entrance at BLHS, and then worked with Moon Marble owner and artist, Bruce Breslow, who created and donated all of the marbles for the terrestrial planets and moons. (Terrestrial planets are the ones made of rock with very thin atmospheres: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, the dwarf planets: Pluto and Ceres, and the moons: our Moon and Saturn’s moon.) Only Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are made of something other than marble - balls, a globe, and Neptune is made out of clay.
“I continue to be amazed by the surprised looks when people see how vastly different the sizes of the planets are,” Astronomy instructor Molly Bovos said.
Not only were Astronomy students involved in the creation of this scale model solar system, but BLHS senior Taylor White built the platforms on which they will be displayed in his woodshop class, with Mr. Abraham Cilliers donating the material for those platforms. Art instructor Mr. Brian Lohafer supplied paint and gave art consultations, as well.
Families are encouraged to visit all displays and collect stickers at as many locations as possible. Locations for the planets will be as follows through the end of January:
Sun - BLHS Student Entrance
Mercury - BLHS Football Stadium Entrance
Venus - Basehor-Linwood District Office
Earth - BIS Driveway
Mars - Basehor Community Library
Ceres (dwarf planet) - BES
Jupiter - First State Bank & Trust of Basehor
Saturn - BLMS
Enceladus (Saturn’s 6th largest moon) - GRES
Uranus - Elm Grove Baptist Church - Youth Room
Neptune - Richard Warren Middle School (Leavenworth)
Pluto (dwarf planet) - LES
The scale model is 1 to 1 billion, and the purpose is to help students understand just how large our solar system really is.