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Design Like an Engineer: Exploring the Solar System for Ages 8-12

  • MODA 1315 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309 US (map)

In this class young engineers and designers (ages 8-12) will tinker with orreries. Orreries are mechanical models of the solar system, they can either be digital or physical in nature, and they’re used to represent the relative positions and motions of the planets. Orreries can represent the entire solar system or smaller parts of the solar system in the relation to the sun. Young engineers will explore how orreries work, we will look at traditional orreries as well as online models to see how the planets move in correlation to each other, and around the sun. We’ll look at the mechanics of how traditional models move, how different sizes of gears affect the rotation of our orrery. Using K’NEX and other design tools, we will design our own orrery.

Skills Learned

  • Mechanical Engineering Concepts
  • Engineering Design Process
  • Astrophysics principles
  • Functionality of Gears

$35 for MODA members / $40 Non-Members
Fee also includes admission to our current exhibitions for the participant and 1 adult.

Cancellation policy: If you must cancel your plans, please notify us at least 7 days prior to the event start to receive a refund of the ticket cost minus a $10 processing fee per class. Refunds are not available if we are notified less than 7 days prior to the event start. Refunds are not available if you fail to notify us or attend the event. MODA reserves the right to cancel a program if registration for the event does not meet the minimum enrollment requirements. If MODA cancels a program, a full refund will be issued to all registrants.

Exemption Notice: This program is not licensed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and is not required to be licensed. Bright from the Start does not regulate or routinely inspect this program. For additional information, go to or call 404.657.5562.


Leading this Studio:
Adriana Quispe, Design Educator

Adriana has a passion for incorporating design thinking into classrooms. At MODA, you can find Adriana innovating and managing the museum's free membership program for kids, Design Club, or supporting year-round campMODA initiatives from ideation to execution. With expertise in LEGO robotics, Adriana loves teaching user centered design to young budding designers.