This ambitious new series provides families an opportunity to learn about our earth from the macro scale to the micro level. We will examine the major systems driving the earth, like plate tectonics, ocean currents, and climate to understand how these in turn, affect smaller systems like rivers, lakes, plant and animal communities. If you have an interest in some aspect of how the world works, chances are it will be covered in these classes.
Although the classes build upon one another, you may choose to take individual classes. These two hour classes are offered at either 10:00am or 2:00pm. Please specify the time you would like to attend under the “Program #” portion of the registration form.
Program Instructors: Bob Alderink and Colin Brammer, Coordinators for Natural World investigate Lab.
For more information contact Debbie Huston , scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.
Upcoming Lab Classes:
Our Place in Space
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
No one likes to feel lost. This was also true of ancient cultures that set out to determine where our earth was relative to other celestial objects. In the process they discovered the shape of the earth, how big it was and how far away we were from our closest space neighbors. In this class we will use a combination of ancient and sophisticated modern tools to recreate some of the most famous experiments and techniques that finally resolved the question of where and what the earth really is.
From Core to Crust
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
There is a lot more under our feet than we realize. We stand on a seemingly immovable substrate called the ground. However, deep below us exist mysterious regions which scientists are still struggling to try and understand. In this class we learn about the earths many layers, and what effect these regions have on the surface. We’ll participate in activities that explain the origin of earth’s magnetism, the processes of plate tectonics, and how mountains form.
I Climbed a Mountain
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Although a mountain doesn’t move very much, it can still have far reaching effects. What happens when a large mass of moist air from an ocean crashes into the side of a mountain? Does it stop, go around or roll over the top? What does this physical interaction do to the animals and plants living on the mountain?
In this class we will look at the dynamics of mountain terrain on local weather and how it shapes plant and animal communities. We will look at how the topography of a mountain is represented on a flat map. We will also do experiments with air currents, condensation, and temperature.