Wind Erosion


What You Do:

Learn about erosion processes.

Build a natural landscape.

Explore how the landscape changes with different inputs.

Shaky Situation

What You Do:

Explore the impact of earthquakes on society.

Learn about the people who help prevent earthquake damage.

Build a shake table to model the waves formed in an earthquake.

Use the engineering design process to build and improve earthquake resistant structures.

Practice teamwork, planning, and budgeting skills.

Lesson adapted from the Engineering Adventures “Shake Things Up” curriculum from The Museum of Science, Boston.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Play-Doh Planet

Frosting Formations


What You Do:

Explore different land and water forms.

Learn about tectonic plates and geological activity.

Practice project planning and diagramming.

Build land and water features with frosting.

Develop presentation skills.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Play-Doh Planet

Mentos Madness


What You Do:

Explore nucleation.

Practice developing and testing a hypothesis.

Drop Mentos into soda to see what happens!

Rocking Rocks


What You Do:

Learn about the rock cycle and the three rock types.

Model the processes of erosion and the rock cycle.

Use crayon shavings to make the three types of rock.

Geodes Gems


What You Do:

Practice developing and test hypothesis.

Learn about the formation of geodes.

Break open a geode to expose the crystal formations.

Mining for Minerals

Flaxseed Raisin Cookies

What You Do:

Explore the difference between rocks and minerals.

Collect and evaluate observational data.

Learn about mining and how it effects the earth.

Separate the ‘mineral’ components in your rice krispie ‘rock’.

Mystery Minerals


What You Do:

Explore physical properties.

Gather and interpret experimental data.

Practice estimation.

Test unknown minerals to discover their identity.

Play-Doh Planet


What You Do:

Explore how scale models are built and used.

Learn about the layers of the earth.

Build a layered, mini-earth out of play-doh.



What You Do:

Explore the effects of electricity on materials.

Build a circuit to turn a nail into a magnet.

Test how difference circuits influence the magnetism of the nail.

Recommended Lead-Up Lesson: Sticky Static, Circular Circuits, Magic Magnets