Bringing the Text to Life
“Hey Dad, what if I jumped out of the car while it was moving? What would happen?”
“Hey Mom, what if I stuck my tongue in the socket?”
“What if I only drank root beer floats for meals?”
Kids sometimes ask inane questions.
What if the Moon Didn’t Exist? But that’s not a kid’s question, it’s an astronomy book.
University of Maine science professor Neil Comins stumbled onto a teaching device from considering, or perhaps enduring, his son’s numerous “what-if” questions. He was convinced that science educators were stuck in a rut: always looking at their world from the same tired perspectives. He began to ask how “what-if” questions could become the catalyst for scientific discovery in his classroom. The result was Solon, and a number of other speculative what-if worlds.
Solon is a planet exactly like Earth but without the moon. Solon would have smaller ocean tides since the moon accounts for most high and ...