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Ring of Fire: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis

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Grade Level: 5th - 8th

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Duration: 75 minutes

The Ring of Fire is a tectonically active zone in the Pacific Ocean that causes frequent and devastating natural disasters. Mariners must be innovative when designing boats and ships for this geologically dynamic area. Powerful earthquakes that lead to tsunamis often damage vessels near the shoreline. In this program, students will work through the engineering design cycle to design and build a tsunami-proof boat model using common household materials. They will then test the boats in our portable “wave tank” to see if their design stood up to the challenge of a tsunami’s waves. To prepare for the challenge, the Museum educator will review the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics and boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.

Duration: 75 minutes

The Ring of Fire is a tectonically active zone in the Pacific Ocean that causes frequent and devastating natural disasters. Mariners must be innovative when designing boats and ships for this geologically dynamic area. Powerful earthquakes that lead to tsunamis often damage vessels near the shoreline. In this program, students will work through the engineering design cycle to design and build a tsunami-proof boat model using common household materials. They will then test the boats in our portable “wave tank” to see if their design stood up to the challenge of a tsunami’s waves. To prepare for the challenge, the Museum educator will review the layers of the Earth, plate tectonics and boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis.

Learning Objectives

Students will gain a better understanding of: 

  • Layers of the earth, theory of tectonic plate movement, and three types of plate boundaries, 
  • Geological activity at plate boundaries (volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and landslides), and 
  • How humans can create unique designs to survive natural disasters. 

Standards of learning

Science (VDOE 2018):

  • Elementary: 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.8
  • Middle: 6.1, 6.3a, 6.4 (b,c), 6.6f, PS.1, PS.5b, PS.6, PS.8

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Elementary: 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1- 2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-PS3-2, 5-ESS2-1
  • Middle: MS-PS3-2, MS-PS4-2, MS-ESS2-1, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ESS3-2

Principles of Ocean Literacy:

  • 1) The Earth has one big ocean with many features
  • 2) The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth
  • 5) The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected

Pricing:

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    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
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