Teaching Kits and Models
We loan core models and interactive kits to educators for use in formal and informal education settings. Below is a list of items currently available. Please note: Contact Nicole (nkurtz@LDEO.columbia.edu) for information and to reserve a core model for loan.
Just Getting Started?
Whether you are teaching about cores, specific geologic events, or the process and nature of science, these resources will meet your needs:
- Pique students’ interest and develop science skills by having them make their own observations and generate questions from core models. Use a simple sheet or What You See is What You Get to record.
- Follow up student observations with a short reading What is a Core? and the JR Time Machine video guide.
Activities that delve deeper into sedimentary core analysis:
- Core Understanding – Core Description and Lithostratigraphy will give students an opportunity to further develop their observational and interpretive skills using terminology and processes used on the ship.
- Talk about inquiry…in Inquiry into Sediment Cores students use authentic core images, data, and dichotomous key to plot the distribution of global marine sediments (they learn what the different types are too!) then make inferences about what controls their distribution.
- Your students will discover the motivation and impact of a coring expedition with the case study Window on Arctic Coring that focuses on the question Why drill there? and gets them thinking about science as an evolving process.
If it is hard rocks and oceanic crust you are after, try these with the Hole Story Poster Images!
- Core Section Curation involves using guides to catalogue and label core samples.
- Mineralogy and Petrology of Oceanic Crust provides whole thin section photos for students to examine and match to whole thin section photos.
- Or have students calculate Drilling Rates through Oceanic Crust
over a three-day period and calculate the Density of Oceanic Crust.
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