6th/7th/8th Grade Programs

Weathering, Erosion, and Sediment Erosion Box Experiment (Science 6.6, 6.8 and 6.9) - Students are divided into four groups and assigned an erosion scenario (bare soil, gulley/ditch, silt fence, and sod) and provided with a kit that corresponds to their scenario.  Each group group will set up an erosion box and perform their experiment for the class.  Students are given the opportunity to predict which scenario will have the most and which will have the least soil erosion.  We will then discuss management practices that are used by farmers to help decrease soil erosion and ways students can help reduce it at home.

Where Does Your Water Shed? Enviroscape Model (Science 6.6, 6.8, and 6.9) - Students will learn about watersheds.  A model is used to visually demonstrate point and non-point source pollution helping students to understand the environmental impacts of each person in a community.  The model uses "rain" to show pollution coming from urban, rural, and industrial area.  It carries soil, fertilizer, pesticides, factory waste, etc...downhill to the bay where the effects of the pollution are clearly visible.  We then talk about measures that can be taken to prevent everyday pollution.

The Hidden Life of Soil (LS.1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11) - Organisms within the soil will be discussed, classified, and their relationships in the food web explained.  Students will then divide into groups and play a go-fish style game which will familiarize them with the different families of life that are dependent on the soil.  The object of the game is collect all the cards of one family (plant, soil, microfauna, microorganisms, mesofauna, macrofauna, megafauna, and scientific).

Tackling Trash (Science 6.1 and 6.9) - Students will evaluate the human impact of resource use, waste management, and pollution prevention by investigation the school, home, or community environment.