Environmental Education Exploration for Grades 3-5
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The Recycled Rock Cycle
This program will teach students how rocks are formed and how they change over time. They will learn the rock cycle and be able to identify various different rocks and minerals found in the Sonoran Desert by performing scratch tests and other experiments on various specimens.
Students will learn about renewable and non-renewable resources and be able to discuss and reason about the environmental impacts of these resources. They will perform a water-filtration activity that will define the concepts and properties of water.
Give curious minds a boost with these delicious experiments that are worth a taste test. Students bring a whole new meaning to the phrase, “brain food,” as they discover the science behind cooking.
Discover the element of adventure while learning how to read a compass, GPS device, and map. This program will enable participants to strengthen skills like team-building, communication, orienteering, and social studies while searching for geocaches. Participants will use GPS units to locate geocaches throughout Veterans Oasis Park.
Dive into an aquatic adventure and explore marine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, and everything in between. Get hands-on with water testing experiments and discover the interconnectedness between water quality and aquatic life.
Future meteorologists will cast their own weather predictions using weather measuring instruments, perform hands-on weather experiments and understand the difference between weather and climate.
Enjoy mind-blowing hands-on STEM concepts and explore the world of engineering. Gear up to identify a problem, imagine solutions, construct designs, and celebrate successes. Tinkers will discover civil, mechanical, medical, and environmental engineering.
Matter and Energy
Spend the day exploring how energy is produced and learn about physical and chemical reactions. Students will explore energy and matter conversions, electrochemical reactions, and investigate the properties of elements and molecules through hands-on activities.
Plants, Pollen, and Pollinizers
Budding botanists will learn the basic structure and functions of plants, what a pollinator and pollinizer are and how important they are to our daily lives, and the stages of the plant cycle.