- Updated on February 21, 2019 – A typo in the Rube Goldberg Device rules led to conflicting information regarding the order that the optional tasks must be completed. To reconcile the discrepancy, the optional tasks (i.e., the sound and light tasks) may now be completed in any order. The first optional task must still be completed as close to 20 seconds as possible and the second optional task must be completed as close to 40 seconds as possible.
- Updated on February 11, 2019 – the change is in the Rube Goldberg Device, Section (1) Part (c)
Please make sure to review the rulebook in full as edits have been made to pre-built rules.
Additional resources for Planetary Astronomy Lab: Some teachers have requested clarification and resources.
The physical concepts associated with this lab are all at the high school level, even if a detailed discussion in the context of exoplanets is not. There are a number of resources that are available. Please see the following as examples.
- https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/5-ways-to-find-a-planet/. Focus on radial velocity method and the transit method.
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