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In this activity, students create a working model of an oil pump. Artificial lifting systems, or pumping units, are used to help pull oil out of reservoir rock and pump it up a well. A down hole pump in the well is connected to the pumping unit by steel rods, which are screwed together. The pump is...
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All living things depend on soil to live. What are some of our important natural resources? Your answers might include materials such as oil, water, coal, trees, animals, and gold. All of those areimportant natural resources, but we often forget to mention one of our most important natural...
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This tracking activity allows students to plot data points onto a tracking chart and map out the possible path of an oncoming hurricane. Meteorologists study the development and movement of hurricanes. This information is made available to the public through the National Hurricane Center which is...
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Students will be able to identify minerals according to physical properties by using color, luster, Moh's hardness scale, the streak test and an identification sheet. The purpose of this investigation is to understand how geoscientists identify minerals by color, luster, and tests for streak and...
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Have you ever been in an earthquake? What did it feel like? Did you jiggle back and forth? Up and down? Was there a jolt? Or a rolling motion? Come build a house Hansel and Gretel would love to eat, a special table to shake it on, and see how different soil types can amplify shaking. In this science...
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This activity uses the Earthquake Machine, a mechanical model that illustrates the earthquake cycle, as a tool to investigate the behavior of fault systems. In the activity groups of students are presented with a claim about earthquakes. Using the Earthquake Machine, students design an investigation...
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Biomass is organic material made by plants and animals. Biomass contains stored energy from the sun. At the bottom of the food chain, plants absorb solar radiation through photosynthesis. They then convert it into chemical energy in the form of glucose, or sugar. The chemical energy in plants gets...
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Coal is an organic sedimentary rock that is formed by the compaction and hardening of plant remains. Because coal is mostly composed of carbon, it is a rock that burns in air. The heat that is released by burning coal is used as the primary source of energy for the generation of electricity. About...
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Geothermal energy is produced by converting Earth's inner heat into electricity or for heating. The generation of geothermal energy does not require fossil fuels and is a clean source of energy. Wells are drilled to access hot water at depth within Earth's crust. Heating occurs naturally because...
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Hydroelectric energy, also referred to as hydroelectricity or hydropower, is the use of moving water to produce electricity. This power is generated by converting the kinetic energy of flowing water into mechanical and then electrical energy. This process involves the use of turbines, which consist...
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"Natural gas consists mainly of a single organic compound called methane. Methane is composed of one carbon and four hydrogen atoms (CH4). Natural gas is both colorless and odorless. Natural gas is a fossil fuel, like petroleum, and often occurs in the same reservoir. It is typically found...
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Oil, also called petroleum, is a naturally occurring liquid formed from dead marine microorganisms. It is usually black or dark brown in color, but can vary from yellow to greenish. It is an organic substance and consists of several hydrocarbons (compounds made of hydrogen and carbon). It is...
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Solar energy is the energy that comes to the Earth from the Sun. It is commonly known as sunlight. This energy arrives in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which is energy that travels in waves. A variety of modern technologies are able to capture and convert solar energy into other useful...
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If you leave water on while brushing your teeth, you might be a water waster! Students collect water while brushing their teeth. Multiplying the amount of water collected by the number of people in their household gives an estimate of how much water is being wasted. This concept can even be applied...
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Science helps us understand the earth around us and helps us to dind new and creative ways to solve the challenges our world faces. People in the world need food to eat, fiber like cotton to make clothes we wear, nad biofuels to power our cars. All of those things are grown on farms, but farmers...
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Farming is a rewarding profession, but it also comes with challenges. The Monsanto STEM Education Team wanted to design a game which allows the learner to experience what it's like to farm in different parts of the world.
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NASA’s Gravity and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a mission to track the impact of climate change on the planet’s vast stores of freshwater, saltwater, and ice. A pair of satellites, GRACE effectively “weighs” Earth’s shifting water resources month by month to detect where water is...
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Published in 2004
Explore Energy in the Earth System guides you different power and energy resources found on Earth. Use this site to find a book, Adobe document, or CD-ROM in a library near you.
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Nuclear science and technology can be incorporated into almost any STEM lesson plan, including the sciences: biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, physical science, life science, environmental science, or general science. ANS offers numerous resources (e.g., lessons, fact sheets, and other...
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The Energy Kids website is a one-stop source for energy information for K-12 audiences.The site contains content on almost every aspect of energy education, including articles, fact sheets, classroom activities, and more.
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