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This might be earth-shattering news, but did you know that you can cover your earth and space science course, start to finish, with Carolina’s popular kits? Kits that will get your students hands-on experiments, model generation, and data analysis, while meeting your ESS course standards. Repeatedly chosen by thousands of teachers, these kits rock students’ lab experiences.

331102 Evidence of the Big Bang Kit

Evidence of the Big Bang

In this series of 5 investigations, students collect pieces of evidence that each provide part of the story. They explore the spectra of different elements and light sources, analyze star spectrographs, investigate the Doppler effect for sound and light, model the expansion of the universe, and digitally observe the remnants of the Big Bang.

Planetary Motion

Model Kepler’s laws of planetary motion in the classroom. In this series of 6 investigations, students use mathematical and computational thinking to describe the motions of the planets. They investigate ellipses, calculate eccentricity, use data to determine the orbit of a planet, collect evidence about the speed of a planet during its orbit, and calculate centripetal force to further understand planetary motion.

331106 Planetary Motion
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331134 Coevolution of Earth’s Systems Kit

Coevolution of Earth’s Systems

Collect evidence on how feedback between the biosphere and other Earth systems causes a continuous coevolution of Earth’s surface. In this series of 5 investigations, students construct an explanation describing why banded iron formations developed. They digitally investigate precipitation reactions, use a hands-on investigation to understand the conditions necessary for rusting, collect data to determine how aquatic photosynthetic organisms impact dissolved oxygen concentrations, digitally investigate saturated solutions, and analyze patterns in the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere over time.

Plate Tectonics and Island Formation

Students construct an explanation of how matter cycles in Earth’s interior and apply it to the movement of Earth’s plates. In this series of 4 investigations, they use models to describe the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. Students digitally explore data to find patterns in seismic activity, determine how temperature impacts density, and model convection currents and the formation of a volcano.

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331128 Plate Tectonics and Island Formation
331114 Seafloor Spreading and Age of Crustal Rocks

Seafloor Spreading and Age of Crustal Rocks

Students use different types of evidence to support the idea of seafloor spreading and to explain the relative ages of oceanic and crustal rocks. In this series of 4 investigations, they explain how the age of crustal rocks provides evidence of seafloor spreading. Students model core sampling, identify patterns in data on the age of the ocean floor, use magnetic data to model seafloor spreading, and explore the density of oceanic and continental crust.

Earthquake Simulation

Build a shake table in class and explore how technological advances allow scientists to gather data on earthquakes to mitigate the damage. In this series of 3 investigations, students explain why some buildings are impacted in earthquakes, but others remain intact. They collect evidence on how buildings respond to different frequencies of shaking, build a model shake table and building, and build a dampener to improve the stability of their buildings.

331142 Earthquake Simulation
Investigate the properties of water and how they affect Earth’s materials and processes.
331130 Transformative Properties of Water

Transformative Properties of Water

Investigate the properties of water and how they affect Earth’s materials and processes. In this series of 3 investigations, students seek to understand how water can change rock. They determine how chemical weathering impacts different rock types by exposing rock samples to vinegar and observing changes in both mass and appearance. Then they model mechanical weathering through frost wedging, the movement of water over rocks, and measuring and observing changes in the rock materials.

Earth Systems and Climate Change

Explain how the ocean, the atmosphere, and the biosphere interact while investigating climate change. In this series of 3 investigations, students describe why pteropods, marine organisms, have calcium carbonate shells that are degrading. They describe the effect of acid on calcium carbonate shells, model the interaction of atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean water, analyze data, and look for patterns in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, oceanic carbon dioxide concentration, oceanic carbonate ion concentration, and oceanic pH.

331150 Earth Systems and Climate Change
331160 Analyzing Patterns in Climate Change

Analyzing Patterns in Climate Change

Analyze tree ring data to collect indirect evidence about how the climate of a region has changed over time. In this series of 3 investigations, students identify patterns and differences in tree rings, compare climate data with tree formation, analyze data from tree rings in an area, and construct an argument about what is happening with the climate in the region.

Hydroponics and Sustainability

Explore hydroponics and explain its uses and limitations as a tool to help sustain human populations and manage natural resources. In this investigation, students design a solution for producing enough food for growing populations and the shift from rural to urban communities. They grow plants hydroponically in a modified ebb and flow system, analyze data from their hydroponic systems, and make recommendations about using hydroponics.

students design a solution for producing enough food for growing populations and the shift from rural to urban communities
331146 Hydroponics and Sustainability Kit

These are our top-selling earth and space science kits. From the Big Bang to evolution of Earth systems and plate tectonics to climate change, get your students energized and excited with hands-on activities that work and reduce your workload at the same time. Use them to help make your students’ path to success easier. Need more information? We’re always happy to answer your questions and provide a personalized quote.

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Earth and Space Sciences in All Science Courses

Earth and space science concepts can be incorporated into biology, chemistry, and physics. What are Earth and space sciences? Earth and space sciences, an interdisciplinary course of study, applies the principles of physics, chemistry, and biology to explain observed interactions among Earth’s four primary systems—the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere—while recognizing Earth’s place in space […]

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