Wormholes Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jeremy Cook

Jeremy has been teaching in elementary education for 13 years and holds a master's degree in Education

Have you been on a long car ride and wished that you could just teleport there and skip the trip? With a wormhole, it might just be possible. Although they have yet to be proven, wormholes may exist. Keep reading to find out more.

What is a Wormhole?

A wormhole is a passage or bridge between two places separated by extraordinary distances. We're talking millions of light years. So, in theory, the wormhole could make travelling across millions of light years of distance happen almost instantly.

Now, before we go any further, let's just explain that a wormhole is theoretical; that is, it's merely an idea, and has never been proven.

The name 'wormhole' comes from the description of a worm crawling on the outside of an apple. It would take the worm a long time to go from one side of the apple to the other around the outside, but if it bit a hole right through, it would get there much faster.

Wormholes could be bridges connecting points that are millions of light years apart in space

The Theory of the Wormhole

The whole idea came from the scientist Albert Einstein. He came up with a theory of relativity that relates to gravity and the speed of light. It's all very complicated, but basically he figured out that space and time were connected, and thought that space-time could actually be bent. When it bends, parts that are far away from each other are suddenly closer.

To understand this, I want to you take a piece of paper and make a small circle at the top of the page and another at the bottom of the page. With the paper flat, there is a long distance between the dots. Now take the paper and fold it so the dots match up. Punch a hole in the paper and the dots will be instantly connected. You've just created a wormhole! OK, really, you've created a model of what one would look like. If this were outer space, you could travel the route your pencil takes to get from one hole to the other. Basically, you've created a bridge from one side of the paper to the other. Take a look at the two images below to see the paper experiment in action.

The dots represent points in space millions of light years apart
Wormhole Paper

By bending the paper, the points can be connected by the pencil, which is how a wormhole connects by bending space-time
Wormhole Paper 2

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