The ScienceWiz™ Rocks kit uses some exciting eruptive experiments to foster comprehension and relate rocks to the history of our dynamic planet.
This Teacher's Pack includes enough equipment for 6 students to explore and develop a fundamental understanding of the key concepts of geology while building a foundation for analytical thinking. Comes in a specially designed box for easy storage with compartments for convenient access to materials.
For ages 8 and up.
Each Pack includes:
6 full colour 56 page booklets
6 sets of modeling material for modeling the layers of the earth
6 sets of pangea stickers
6 sets of igneous rocks (includes pumice, obsidian, cinder, basalt and granite) magnifiers
6 sets to model lava volcanoes
6 sets to model pyroclastic explosions
6 sets of materials to make sedimentary clastic rocks
6 sets of sedimentary rock samples
6 sets of sedimentary biological rocks
6 samples for making fossils
6 sets of metamorphic rocks
1 laminated teacher’s guide
•Manipulate the oldest objects on the planet — rocks.
•Model the layers of the earth from core to mantle to crust.
•Distinguish between thin but dense oceanic crust and thicker but lighter continental crust.
•Learn how the crust of the earth is fractured into moving tectonic plates that separate and collide over the eons and pull apart Pangaea.
•Explore density with a convecting lava fountain.
•Discover how differences in density not only created the Earth’s layers but also provide the driving force for tectonic plate movement.
•Categorize rocks by how they are formed: igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic and investigate the igneous rocks: pumice, obsidian, cinder, basalt and granite and which are intrusive and which extrusive.
•Learn how most of the thin ocean crust is made of igneous rock basalt while the continental crust is more granitic.
•Model both lava flows and pyroclastic eruptions and discover which types of volcanoes tend to be pyroclastic and which are not.
•Learn about cratons, the ancient stable cores of the continents.
•Explore why basaltic oceanic crust is so much younger and thinner than continental crust.
•Learn how clastic sedimentary rocks are formed and identify them by particle size.
•Do settling and deposition experiments, make a conglomerate, layer and cement together a sandstone and compare these “rocks” with actual sedimentary rocks.
•Burn biological rocks and learn how coal is formed.
•Make fossils and investigate where certain types of fossils are likely to be found.
•Identify which metamorphic rocks are transformed through heat, pressure, friction or chemical fluids from particular igneous and sedimentary rocks and diagram the rock cycle.
•Learn which two common elements make up most rocks, what are the 11 common rock forming minerals and why basalt and granite have such distinct mineral composition.
Teacher's Packs are designed so that students have their own booklet and materials.
This pack has a number of consumables. Replacement consumables and spare parts can be purchased from Scientrific.
Extensions to the main projects are feasible as there are sufficient supplies for all.