Go with the flow: can you outrun a volcano?
Natural Disasters student workshop (New South Wales)
Information for teachers about the hands-on Natural Disasters program for Years 5 - 6, including booking details.
25 September 2008 | Updated 21 December 2012
This new hands on class examines the causes of natural disasters as well as their effects on people and societies. Sometimes there is even a positive side to a natural disaster. Children will be encouraged, not only to find out about the mechanisms but also to make predictions and investigate some of the difficulties in being fully prepared for a natural disaster.
The following topics will be covered by demonstrations or hands on activities:
All together now: piece together the earth’s crust. Where are volcanoes and earthquakes most likely to occur?
All washed up: determine whether or not it is possible to predict a tsunami in time to warn cities at risk.
Go with the flow: can you outrun a volcano? Find out about runny and viscous lava and decide whether or not you can escape an eruption.
I feel the earth move: not all earthquakes are the same. There are different types of waves that cause them. Find out how each one is formed.
I’m pickin’ up good vibrations: earthquakes are measured using a seismometer. Make your own earthquake and see how it looks on our seismometer.
It’s raining rocks: scientists can determine how dangerous a volcano is by looking at rock samples from its previous eruptions. Look at and compare the rocks from different volcanoes to find which ones came from a dangerous volcano.
Shake, rattle and roll: examine the rock samples and calculate their density. Use this information to extrapolate the type of eruption they came from.
Slip slidin’ away: experiment with factors that affect landslides.
Storm warning: the likelihood of a cyclone occurring is affected by sea temperature. Change the sea temperature of a computer animation and watch how it affects a cyclone.
Structure of the earth: the earth is made up of four layers. Find out what each of them are called and what they are made of.
The wind beneath my roof: how can you build a house to make it more wind resistant? Test the strength of different types of roofs and how they will stand up to a cyclone.
This program is appropriate for Year 5 - 6.
Maximum of 30 students per session.
Session run time is 90 minutes.
A$9.00 per student, A$225 class minimum.
A minimum daily cost of A$450 applies for in-school visits, but not at the North Ryde centre.
We require a room with:
12 tables arranged around the edges of the room
a sink with running water close by (in the room is preferable)
access to power points
space for 30 students to sit comfortably on the floor
chairs are not required.
Please allow for a set up time of 40 minutes and a pack up of 40 minutes.
Book this session by contacting CSIRO Education in NSW:
Phone: 61 2 9490 8677
Fax: 61 2 9490 8648
Find out about other programs run by CSIRO Education, New South Wales.