Eighth Grade

Free Programs

Rocks Speak

Time: 50 minutes 
Students investigate the relationship between geology and stream water quality.  Students’ review the rock cycle and using that information perform an experiment using different rocks and acid rain, predicting which rocks will have the greatest influence on neutralizing acid rains effects on lake and streams. 
Topics Covered: Rock Cycle, Buffers, pH, Acid Rain 
Science/Social Science Standards: 8.S.1, 8.E.5 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: Free

Water on Zork

Time: 50 minutes 
Students create their own experiment to determine if a clear liquid sample from another planet, ”Zork” is suitable to use as drinking water. This lesson also reviews the characteristics of planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and meteors. 
Topics Covered: Geologic Features, Earth's Solar System, Importance of Water, Unique Water Properties 
Science/Social Science Standards: 8.S.1, 8.E.4 
Live Animals: No  
Cost: Free

Fee Programs

Them Bones

Time: 50 minutes 
Through sifting and examining different types of fossils, students explore the diversity of life over time. They analyze pictures of past and present-day life forms in order to determine if a relationship exists between the two. Through role playing they discover why most individual organisms that lived in the past were never fossilized. They also contemplate factors that can contribute to the extinction of species. 
Topics Covered: Molds, Casts, Petrified Fossils, Preserved Remains 
Science/Social Science Standards: 8.S.1, 8.E.6 
Live Animals: No 
Cost: $1/Student