Events & Programs

Science On Wheels – Rock & Roll

Rock and Roll will shake up your school with earth science! Sort through sand, hunt for fossils, explore and grow sparkling crystals, get blown away by volcanoes and uncover the secrets of rocks and minerals.

Assembly: Earthquakes! Volcanoes! Rocks and fossils! This show rocks you with a concert by a well-known band, then gives you a glimpse into the underground geological forces found in Washington state.

Requirements:

  • A stage or performance area
  • One large table for presenter(s)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to sound system, if available

Exhibits: Rock and Roll is here to stay, geologically speaking. Delve into the deepest layers of the earth to learn about crystals, magnetic rocks and earthquakes. Find out which rocks glow and how we use them in our daily lives. Exhibits in English and Spanish.

Requirements:

  • 8-10 large tables (no chairs)
  • Access to electricity
  • Depending on package, adult volunteers may be required to facilitate exhibits

Workshops: 45-minute hands-on workshops are taught in your classrooms. Each educator can choose a topic from the list below for the appropriate grade level.

Requirements:

  • Access to a whiteboard recommended
  • Tables and chairs for participants
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Each workshop can be taught only once during each time block even if it is listed for two different age groups
  • Workshop-specific requirements are noted in each description

Grades K-2

Fantastic Fossils: Is it a rock or is it a fossil? Answer this question for yourself as you examine real fossils in our collections. This workshop is sure to make a “lasting impression.”

Radical Rocks: Can you write with a rock? Use scientific tools and tests to find out how you use rocks every day! Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Sand-tastic!: What is sand made of? How does it form? Make sand, explore sand from around the world and use the tools of geologists to closely examine the exciting world of sand!

Grades 3-5

Crystal Clear: What are crystals and how are they formed? Discover the properties of these special minerals as you see, touch, sort and examine them. Attempt to grow crystals right before your very eyes!

Landform Logic: Is it Earth or Mars? Compare the geology of these two planets and discover the geological mysteries that rocks keep. Learn how to decipher satellite images of Earth, and use what you’ve learned to interpret some of the mysteries of Mars.

Mineral Madness: Examine unusual rocks with exciting scientific equipment. Use geological tests to determine the properties of minerals. Apply your new knowledge of their properties to learn the names and everyday uses of these minerals. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Magma Mountains: What is a volcano? Why do some volcanoes ooze and others explode? Compare the eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes and Mount St. Helens, and explore volcanoes from around the world. Examine volcanic rocks and learn why eruptions can be so different through an “explosive” experience! Document camera highly recommended.

Grades 5-8

Landform Logic: Is it Earth or Mars? Compare the geology of these two planets and discover the geological mysteries that rocks keep. Learn how to decipher satellite images of Earth, and use what you’ve learned to interpret some of the mysteries of Mars.

Mineral Madness: Examine unusual rocks with exciting scientific equipment. Use geological tests to determine the properties of minerals. Apply your new knowledge of their properties to learn the names and everyday uses of these minerals. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Magma Mountains: What is a volcano? Why do some volcanoes ooze and others explode? Compare the eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes and Mount St. Helens, and explore volcanoes from around the world. Examine volcanic rocks and learn why eruptions can be so different through an “explosive” experience! Document camera highly recommended.

Questions? Review our Science On Wheels – Frequently Asked Questions.

Not sure what you’re looking for? Programs can be adapted to fit your needs. Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

 

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