Density

You're Oil I Need

Format: In Person, Virtual | Grade: Upper Elementary (4-5), Middle (6-8)

Students use a simple model to consider what happens during an oil spill, making predictions, observations and explanations. Students are surprised by how the oil and water will not mix, however hard they try!

This investigation requires access to a water supply.

Keyword(s): Density, Oil Spills

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Format: In Person | Grade: Upper Elementary (4-5), Middle (6-8)

Using Archimedes Blocks, students are challenged to use fractions to investigate density and the impact on sinking and floating!

This investigation requires basic skill with division and simple fractions. Access to a water supply is also required.

Keyword(s): Sinking and Floating, Density, Fractions

Stormy Weather

Format: In Person, Virtual | Grade: Upper Elementary (4-5), Middle (6-8)

What does the inside of a hurricane look like? Students unpack this question using a tank model and all its stormy patterns.

This investigation requires access to a water supply and a power outlet. 

Keyword(s): Density, Heat Transfer, Convection, Hurricanes

Sea for Yourself

Format: In Person, Virtual | Grade: Upper Elementary (4-5), Middle (6-8)

Students consider density in the context of ocean flows as they make predictions and then test their ideas by creating their own density currents!

This investigation requires access to a water supply, ice, and a power outlet.

Keyword(s): Density, Ocean Currents