Students work to develop a safety plan for a village located near a volcano. To demonstrate the plan, the students must build a model volcano with the village and other key area components. An eruption is required to showcase the safety plan. Students will learn about acids and bases along with science topics related to volcanoes. The engineering design process is used to guide the students through the module. Students will explore classifications and components of volcanoes, eruption categories, acids, bases, and pH scale. This kit contains enough materials for 10 groups. Access to curricula materials can be found at http://www.nicerc.org.
Materials in this kit include: gloves, clay, poster board, containers, measuring cups, mixing bowls, liquid dish soap, powder detergent, vinegar, assorted paints, lemon juice, red food coloring, and baking soda.
Students will present a business plan and create a scale model of a roller coaster using restrictions associated with different lots of land. Apply concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, centripetal force, inertia, and surface area.