CSU Earth/Space Science Lab Units

Smart Science® labs bring you real experiments instead of simulations. They require students to take their own individual data point by point instead of handing it to them.

Power science learning with online science labs that uniquely provide a true science experience.

Online Activity Labs: Topics:
Daily Tides
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Real lab. Students observe tides in Pleasant Bay on Cape Cod for the daylight hours for days they choose that span about a month's time. The data may be analyzed for period, amplitude, and/or phase.
Earthquakes
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Real lab. Students measure time between P-wave and S-wave on real earthquake seismograms posted by the USGS. They then plot circles around the seismograph locations on a map to find the approximate epicenter. They do the multiplication of time by speed themselves and so may adjust the speed depending on distance, for example.
Porosity
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Real lab. Various objects such as marbles, beans, metal shot, and rocks are placed in a cylindrical glass container. Equal aliquots of water are added. Students measure the height of water after each addition and calculate porosity of each medium. They look for any correlation between medium size and porosity.
Erosion and Flow
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Real lab. Students record channel width for water flow on a sand-filled stream table for different flow rates and slope angles. They seek to understand how flow and angle may affect channel width. Other aspects of water erosion may be considered as well.
Solar System Exercise
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Exercise activity. This activity has students identifying planets and major moons and classifying these solar system bodies according to different criteria. They receive immediate feedback on their answers.
Basic Rock Identification
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Real lab. Student see twelve rock samples, three each of igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary, rotated, scratching glass and brass, and up close. They classify each sample.