Environmental Science Activities

Aquifers

Participants will have the ability to use various materials (dirt, sand, rocks, leaves, twigs, mulch, charcoal, etc) to build a simulated aquifer. Their creation’s effectiveness can be tested by pouring a water solution (containing small particles, dye, oil, etc) through the aquifer. The results can be  discussed, including what makes aquifers most effective and natural events (floods etc) that might affect water quality. 

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Make Craters with Mini-Meteors

Using a pan of flour and dry pudding mix, you can simulate the surface of a planet/the moon being hit by meteors (raisins, almonds, peanuts, etc).

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Seashore Science: How Melting Ice Affects Ocean Levels

After discussing global warming, the principles behind it, and its potential effects on ocean levels, children can explore rising ocean levels and changes in tides. Using a measuring cup, clay, water and ice cubes, children can simulate the artic/antarctic ocean environments and observe the rise in sea level from melting ice. This acitivity might be expedited during a festival by the addition of a hairdryer or heater to speed the melting ice cubes. 

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Shoreline Science: Exploring the Erosive Energy of Waves

Using gravel and sand with water in a paint roller tray, children can simulate erosion on a beachfront. Differences can be seen in a simulation with or without headland as children create waves by gently bouncing a plastic waterbottle up and down.

See full activity here: Scientific American: Bring Science Home


Windmill Design

Using a milk carton, tinkertoys, and a variety of cardboard blades, children create miniature windmills. They can change the size, shape, number, and angle of the blades to see which configuration lifts the most weight, and in the process learn the principles of wind power generation.

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