Celebrate the upcoming launch of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope using a new Toolkit of five interactive activities. This month’s featured activity is Make a Pinwheel Galaxy 

Patrons design, cut-out, and assemble their own pinwheel galaxy in a fun STEAM craft!  Facilitate this activity at your library or print out the template and provide the craft materials for a Take & Make activity.  

Time to complete: 10-20 minutes 

Ages: 4 years and up, with teen or adult supervision.  

Total cost:  $1-5 

Fundamental Space Science Concepts – How Pinwheel Galaxy relates to JWST: 

The Pinwheel Galaxy activity introduces the concept of a galaxy to patrons. Powerful telescopes study galaxies, including the first galaxies forming near the beginning of the universe. Galaxies come in different shapes and sizes. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is a spiral galaxy. Some are enormous round galaxies—giant ellipticals. There are also very small elliptical galaxies, which can range from spherical to football shaped. There are also many galaxies with irregular shapes. Over time, galaxies can change, particularly as they merge with other galaxies.  

This graphic shows a giant elliptical galaxy, a spiral galaxy, and an irregular galaxy. 

Video Resources: 

NASA video: “What is a galaxy?” 

NASA video: Are All Galaxies the Same? 

STAR Net JWST Event Page: Look Up! Explore Our Universe 

Discover more JWST Launch Toolkit activities at  

http://clearinghouse.starnetlibraries.org/176-look-up-explore-our-universe