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Actvity Summary: Students use core models made from swim noodles with embedded magnets and compasses to measure and record magnetic orientation. These model cores simulate the magnetic fields recorded in real deep-sea sediment cores obtained.



  • Standard A: Unifying concepts and processes in science
  • Standard B: Science as inquiry
  • Standard C: Physical science
  • Standard E: Earth and space science
  • Standard F: Science and technology

  • Patterns
  • Cause and effect
  • System and system models
  • Energy and matter
  • Stability and change

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations and designing solutions
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

  • ESS1. C The history of the planet Earth
  • ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
  • ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
  • PS1.A Structure of matter
  • PS3.B Conservation of energy and energy transfer
  • PS3.C Relationship between energy and forces
  • PS4.B Electromagnetic radiation