Starts on the Date/Time - Sep 2 2015 - 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Why is the sky blue? How do hurricanes form? What causes landslides? Can plants communicate? Is herbivory harmful to plants? Where did life begin?
This fall, we will answer these question by digging into the science of our home world, using fans, straws, water, household supplies, and Oreo cookies. From the core of the earth to the edge of the atmosphere, we will explore the physical world in which we live. This class will look at earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, ocean currents, winds, clouds, rivers, and more!!
In the spring, students can continue with Meet the Biosphere!
Instructor: Madeline Goodwin
5-10 students, 7-11 years old
Time: Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 pm Pacific.
Weekly. Aug 31 – Dec 13, 2015. Fall Break Oct 19 – 23, 2015.
Class Registration Fee: $245.00 (GHF Members receive a 10% discount off the first class they sign up for)
GHF Members must be logged in to access the Member-only GHF Online registration form. The first day of class will be displayed on the Event Calendar. Weekly schedule of classes.
Week 1: Introduction/Layers of the earth. Introduce ourselves and the course and learn about the layers of the earth, from the inner core to the atmosphere.
Week 2: Plate tectonics Talk about movement of crustal plates, history of the continents, and what we see today, as well as earthquakes and oceanic rifts.
Week 3: Volcanoes. Discuss the types of volcanoes, how they form, and what happens when they erupt.
Week 4: Atmospheric composition. Includes the chemical composition of the atmosphere, the different ways we divide it into layers, high and low pressure, and greenhouse effect.
Week 5: Winds and the Coriolis effect. Continue discussion of atmospheric pressure and introduce the Coriolis effect to explain global wind patterns.
Week 6: Ocean currents. Tie together wind and ocean currents; look at temperature, thermohaline circulation, nutrient and chemical cycling, and various surface and marine phenomena.
Week 7: Clouds. Classification of clouds and what they can tell us about weather conditions, atmos-pheric phenomena, etc
Week 8: Stormy weather. Types of storms and their formation, including what kind occurs where (coastal versus inland, equatorial versus mid-latitudes, etc.).
Week 9: The water cycle.
Week 10: Rivers and groundwater. How rivers and aquifers form, their “lifecycle,” and how that af-fects geology.
Week 11: Erosion and landslides. Causes, types, and preventions of erosion and landslides and their impacts.
Week 12: Soil types. How soil is formed, what influences the type of soil present, effects of different types of soil.
Week 13: Rock types. How types of rock are formed and characteristics of the types of rock.
Week 14: Biotic influences. How living (and dead) organisms affect these processes.
Week 15: Human interest. How humans have altered the planet.
Week 16: Student presentations. Students learn to communicate information to an audience.
Think you might be interested? See what happened in the Fall 2015 section of this class!