One has only to look up at the night sky to see the vastness of the universe. Scripture says it best in Psalm 19:1-“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” As the 2nd graders are studying our solar system, they are also considering how God created the earth and the heavens. As we study the creation in scripture, how fitting it was to get a glimpse of our earth in the context of the universe and thus consider the mighty power of our God. We are just a speck from space, yet made in the image of God and worthy of his love.
Did you know that the planet Jupiter’s mass is 2.5 times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined? Did you know Pluto and four other dwarf planets from the Kuiper Belt have enough gravity to be round like a planet, but don’t orbit the sun in a way that qualifies them to be planets? In fact, the first color images taken of Pluto from a spacecraft were taken this past year. It is remarkable that of all the planets, dwarf planets, and other objects in our universe, Earth is the only planet that supports life. The second grade class on the Lynn campus had the opportunity to view the Solar System up close, or at least as close as we can get as students, on a recent visit to the Planetarium at the Museum of Science in Boston. This was a culmination of a S.T
.E.M. unit the class studied with the KnowAtom curriculum learning about our Solar System and its planets. We were able to learn new facts about the Solar System and see how vast and wonderful it truly is. God has intelligently created our universe, our Solar System, and it has been a captivating topic of study for the second grade class on the Lynn Campus.