Earth & Space Science (UC)

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Earth & Space Science (UC)

Recommended Grade Level: 9 - 12

This course introduces the student to the history of earth, earth’s formation and life cycle of stars. Students learn about formation of continental & ocean-floor features, earth’s interior and earth’s feedback systems. They study about the importance of water and the co-evolution of earth’s systems and life on earth. The course teaches students about modeling flow of energy in earth’s systems & earth’s climate. This course emphasizes the importance of managing earth’s resources and students get an appreciation of earth’s influence on human activity including natural hazards. The true cost of fossil fuels, the perils of energy production and alternate forms of energy are discussed. Students study & analyze several case studies related to energy production and alternate forms of energy.




Required Materials:

  • Magnifying lens
  • Ruler
  • Coins: Penny, cent, quarter
  • Permanent Marker
  • A sheet to record data (lab sheet)
  • Milky Way candy bar (3)
  • 3 sheets of paper
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard box (used previously for packaging) – at least 1 foot in dimension (30 cm)
  • Flashlight
  • Tape (masking or scotch)
  • Support (Large firm book / cutting board / large cardboard piece) – at least 1.5 feet tall and 1.5 feet wide (45 cm X 45 cm)
  • Protractor
  • Graph paper with line spacing of 5 mm
  • Different-colored pens
  • Cardboard at least 1.5 feet on each side (45 cm X 45 cm)
  • An empty plastic gallon milk jug
  • Water
  • Nail
  • Tape measure
  • Permanent Marker
  • Timer (can be on phone)


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