10 Fun Ideas to Celebrate Earth Science Week
Celebrate Earth Science Week! Of course we should celebrate this magnificent globe that we live on! So let’s get outside and enjoy our world! Here are 10 ideas for easy excursions for
learning more about our marvelous blue planet.
And we have lots of fun kits to help in your exploration. Be sure to check them out!
Study Earth Science: Exploring Land Forms
1. Visit a state or national park. Learn a bit about the geological features of it before you go.
2. Earth science includes studying the water on our earth. Visit a local lake/ocean. Even better, do it a couple times and make some observations. What are the water levels? And is it a dry season or a wet season for this body of water? What might give you the answer to that? How does the moon impact the level of the ocean tides?
3. Do you live in an area that once had glaciers? What is the evidence of this? This might include glacial valleys, moraines, large smoothed boulders that are standing alone, glacial striations (scratches caused by moving heavy ice), etc. With this in mind, do some research on glaciers before you go.
4. Are there caves in your area? If so, what kind are they? Check out this web site for information on different types. Although there are several different types of caves, the most common is the Solution Cave. There are two competing views of how these caves were formed. One is a uniformitarian view, that they took a long time. On the other hand is a catastrophic view: that the formation happened quickly as the result of a catastrophe. Look into both ideas. Make a list of evidence that would support each idea.
Study Earth Science: Collecting Rocks
5. See if you can find the four (yes, four!) rock types in your area. It may not be possible. Why would that be? Learn more about the rock types at our Youtube channel. Click to watch these two: here and here.
If you would like to collect rocks, one of the best places is county road cut-outs – those places where a road has been laid down after cutting through a hill. The cutting process can expose interesting rocks and fossils. In fact, you can find rocks you might not otherwise see. Check out our suggestions for how to get the most out of this activity. You need the right “tools!” Watch this video: Tools of the Trade
6. Is there a mountain chain close to you? What is its name? Take a hike there! Then talk about the kind of rock you see there. How were these mountains formed? There would be two main ideas about how they were formed. One is a uniformitarian view, and one is a catastrophic view. So do you know what those words mean?
7. Visit a local river, creek, or stream. You will likely find tumbled stones there. Note the types of rocks that you find there. Then make of sketch of what you find.
…and in Your Community!
8. Are there stone quarries in your area? Safety is always the first order of business. So don’t proceed unless you know that it is safe. But you might be able to either get a tour of the area, or explore on your own, depending on the regulations in your area.
9. Visit a landscaping business that specializes in cut stone. Surprisingly, there can be hundreds of different types of stone to look at and identify.
10. Visit a store that sells granite counter tops. However, many people don’t know that those “granite” counter tops are not all granite! See if you can identify the rock in the different products. But having a stone countertop does not guarantee a problem free counter. For this reason, you should learn the pros and cons of each type: granite, quartz, marble, and slate. Decide which type you would choose for your kitchen.