Earth Science explores how a number of sciences, including geology, physics, chemistry, and biology impact the world and universe around us. In this interactive and engaging course, students study air, water, and the physical processes that shape the physical world, and how human civilization has affected the balance of nature. Students learn about the modern science behind topics from the Earth’s history, such as continental drift, ice ages, fossil dating, and geological timescale. Students will also look at processes that affect life today, such as weathering and erosion, the rock cycle, weather patterns, and climate. They will explore regular phenomena, the cause of the seasons and natural disasters. The students will examine the formation, acquisition and use of natural resources, as well as alternative energy sources. The students will also look at Earth as a small part of a larger universe in an exploration of astronomy. They will examine the Solar System and the stars and galaxies beyond it.
Climate Change Analysis [Mastery Project]
HOW HAS EARTH’S CLIMATE CHANGED OVER TIME, AND WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE?
You have been asked to present as a youth delegate at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC is a yearly conference held by world leaders to discuss the issues around climate change. This is a great privilege! You will need to prepare a presentation in the format of a letter or infographic. The purpose of this presentation is to use scientific evidence to educate your audience and explain the extent to which humans are affecting the climate. Your job is to provide research, strategies, and predictions to encourage your audience to take action.
Earth’s Formations [Mastery Project]
HOW DOES MOVEMENT BELOW THE EARTH LEAD TO PHENOMENA ON THE EARTH’S SURFACE?
You have been tasked with creating a geo-biography of an earthquake or volcanic site for a new museum opening in your town. The museum is looking for creative entries to tell the story of a geographical site. The purpose of your entry is to create a deeper connection between this place and people you know. You will select a place, describe its formation, and present key insights. Your entry can take the form of a comic strip, video, or narrative with images.