Environmental Education Exploration for Grades 3-5
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 to these resources. They will perform a water-filtration activity which will define the concepts and properties of water.
A reaction is a change that happens to a substance. Reactions that take place in the kitchen are physical processes and chemical processes. Students will learn and discover the science behind cooking and pantry items through hands-on demonstrations and experiments.
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.
An aquatic ecosystem is an ecosystem within a body of water. Students will get their hands wet as they explore our lake and discover the connection between water quality and aquatic life. We will also conduct a water purification experiment.
Even the desert has different weather patterns during each season. Students will learn to observe how and why our climate changes during the year. Students will be able to explore equipment used by meteorologists that test temperature, wind, precipitation, and storms and provide examples of how the weather affects people’s daily activities.
Through lecture, experiments, and projects, participants will not only explore the general field of engineering, which help make our daily lives easier, they will also investigate four subdivisions of engineering; 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.