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Single Serving Volcanism


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Single Serving Volcanism

In this activity, learners eat a snack and make a model of the plumbing system of a volcano. By cutting a small hole in the base of a clear cup of gelatin and injecting dye, learners see the complex nature of sub-surface volcanism.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Model

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Single serving cups of gelatin
  • Pipettes or eyedroppers
  • Push pins
  • Knife or scissors
  • Food coloring or colored sugars (or pudding)
  • Plenty of napkins
  • Spoons

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Volcanoes and Plate Tectonics
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Muller, Eric

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Do Science, ©1999

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