GENIUS by Stephen Hawking: Replicating the Big Bang on Ice
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  • Science → Astronomy → Universal Expansion
  • Astronomy → Galaxies → Movement of Galaxies
  • Science → Cosmology → Big Bang

Stephen Hawking tasks a team of volunteers with replicating the Big Bang on in a hockey rink. The volunteers decide to stand next to each other and inflate balloons to simulate an "explosion." They enlist the help of a professional hockey team since they have trouble staying on the ice and need more people to create a better representation of the Big Bang.

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  1. Why do the players (galaxies) furthest from the center of the rink (universe) move the fastest?
  2. Do you think this simulation is an accurate representation of the Big Bang? Why or why not?

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  • Next Generation Science Standards
    Construct an explanation of the Big Bang theory based on astronomical evidence of light spectra, mot...
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    Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar...

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