Big Idea 3
Big Idea 3: Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life.
Big Idea 4
Big Idea 4: Earth is continuously changing.
Big Idea 5
Big Idea 5: Earth is the water planet.
Big Idea 6
Big Idea 6: Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth.
Big Idea 7
Big Idea 7: Humans depend on Earth for resources.
Big Idea 8
Big Idea 8: Natural hazards pose risks to humans.
Big Idea 9
Big Idea 9: Humans significantly alter the Earth.
In this activity you will use seeds to model mining valuable materials from rocks.
Build a Model Aquifer
The United Nations includes clean water and sanitation in its sustainable development goals. Many places face severe water shortages. The Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB) program supports teams to collaborate with communities to solve problems, including water shortages.
GWB scientists use geophysical techniques to find underground layers of sediments or rock that contain enough water to be drilled for water wells. These kinds of rock layers are called aquifers. In this activity you will build a model aquifer.
Build Your Own Weather Station
Atmospheric scientists study weather processes, the global dynamics of climate, solar radiation and its effects, and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution. They observe what's going on in our atmosphere today and compare it to records from years past. To monitor the weather, atmospheric scientists use highly specialized instruments that measure rainfall, wind speed and direction, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. You can measure these at your home or school. Begin creating a weather station by building a psychrometer, also called a hygrometer, to measure the relative humidity.