Bible Science Experiment: Demonstration of Gravity
Moon Day can be part of your Sunday school lessons on the Sunday before or after. Here is a Bible Science experiment that demonstrates the most famous thing the astronauts did without for a week – gravity!
Gravity keeps our feet on the ground. It’s a lot like our faith; which keeps us from rocketing off into the darkness of strange teachings from other faiths.
Bible Science Experiment Material
– One sneaker
– Balled up piece of newspaper
Gravity is the invisible force the causes the Earth to pull everything down. When you lift up something you have to pull against gravity. If you drop something gravity is what pulls it to Earth. If you drop a sneaker and a balled up piece of paper from the same height at the same time, which item do you think will hit the floor first? Let’s find out.
1.Hold the sneaker in one hand and the paper in the other.
2.With arms held straight out in front hold both items at equal heights. The higher the point of dropping the items, the more visual the experiment. (An older child can stand on a chair to get more height, although it works just as well at shorter distances).
3.Release both items at the same time.
Results: They both hit the floor at the same time.
Bible Science Experiment Explanation:
Even though the earth exerts more pull on a heavier item, a lighter item experiences a greater degree of acceleration. This means that the lighter object moves at a greater speed. Consequently, objects of different weights fall at the same rate when other forces such as air resistance are not a factor.
In 1969 two astronauts, Armstrong and Aldrin, landed on the moon. Because there is no gravity on the moon, it was very difficult for them to walk. Here on Earth, gravity keeps us grounded. Without gravity, we would all be floating around in the air.
When we think about our spiritual lives, we can keep ourselves spiritually grounded by keeping Jesus in our thoughts and prayers as we move through a day. Jesus will be our spiritual gravity– keeping ourselves grounded in our faith!
Moon Day Bible Snack: Banana Spaceships
This yummy banana snack has significance both to spaceships and to the resurrection after death! Use it to help remember Moon Day.
– Slices of pineapple
– Marshmallow fluff
– Dark blue paper plates
– Knife (to cut banana slices)
We celebrate Moon Day because man landing on the moon was a great achievement. That day, man went off to somewhere so far away that it was impossible to see them or be near them. It’s a little like death in that we can’t see our deceased relatives. However, the men who went to the moon came back, very much alive. The moon walk should help remind us that those who are absent in body are present in Christ. They will show up again someday too”¦to welcome us into the galaxy of heaven!
1. Peel the bananas and slice each in half from top to bottom, so that each child has one half slice.
2. Place half slice of banana flat side down on each plate.
3. Using a dull knife, snip the top of the banana on both sides to make a point at the top of the rocket.
4. Use the knife to make the bottom of the “rocket” flat.
5. Cut pineapple slices in half and then place each half on the sides of the bottom of the banana to represent the wings of the spaceship.
6. Add a spoonful of marshmallow fluff at the bottom of the space ship for steam and smoke
7. Have class count down, 10, 0, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and EAT.
While we’re enjoying our yummy rockets, let us remember that the moon is far, but we can go farther! When we die, we can go all the way to heaven, which will make the dark trip to the moon fade in comparison to the glory of the light of God!