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ASP2021: A Virtual Conference

ASP2021: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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    3:00 PM - 3:50 PM: Concurrent Session 12D: 3:00 pm PST (6:00 pm EST) - Oral Presentations
    Using the Hula Hoop as an NGSS Accessible Educational Tool
    Conference Strand: Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access & Social Justice
    Noreen Grice, You Can Do Astronomy LLC
    Abstract of Session/Presentation: According to, the Hula Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy, was first marketed in 1958. Since then, hundreds of millions of Hula Hoops have been sold. You might not associate Hula Hoops with an astronomy class, but maybe you should! In addition to being a fun toy, the Hula Hoop can also be a useful and repurposed educational tool for active hands-on learning.

    The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for K-8 include specific themes of Earth and Space Science concerning patterns and cycles of the sun and moon and the scale properties of the solar system.

    The elementary school standard on patterns and cycles states, "patterns of the motion of the sun, moon and stars in the sky can be observed, described and predicted." The middle school standard then adds the phrase "and (can be) explained with models."

    In this talk, I will present strategies for using the Hula Hoop as an immersive, accessible and educational tool and model. These strategies can help students with different learning styles, including those with visual impairment, better understand the seasons, eclipses and the scale of the solar system. After this talk, you'll never look at a Hula Hoop the same way again!