Earth Science Activities

After Wildfire
Do you know what to do during and after a wildfire? Come test your knowledge. Learn about wildfire, preparedness and safety, risks after fire, mobilizing your community after a wildfire, and how to help your community and the ecosystem recover.

Digging up your dirt.
Dirt. Trees. Rain. Each of these plays a huge role in the global carbon cycle. Researchers use both experiments on the ground and satellite data to try to determine the roles of each for different ecosystems. Try your hand at some soil respiration measurements and satellite tree cover analysis!

Northern California Geological Society
The Northern California Geological Society (NCGS) is a non-profit organization that promotes geological education and outreach in the San Francisco Bay region. Visit our booth to learn about Bay area landscapes, faults, rocks and fossils. The NCGS also supports K-12 teacher awards and scholarships for graduate students. Additional information is provided at:

We Lava Volcanoes!
Ever wondered how a volcano works? Come explore some of the science behind volcanoes with our hands-on activities, which will answer questions including: How does magma get to the surface? Why do some volcanoes explode while others produce flowing lava? How is volcanic ash produced? Why are bubbles so important in volcanic eruptions? We’ll even try to make our own (small) volcanoes!

FUN-damentals of Friction and Faulting
Earthquakes come in many different shapes and sizes. Join us as we explore the fundamentals of earthquake science by learning about various fault types. Our demonstrations and hands on activities will focus on how friction controls earthquake type.

Create an Earthquake and Explore Seismology!
Explore real-time earthquake locations and learn about the dynamic nature of the Earth. You can also see how scientists use seismic waves to image the Earth’s interior – from the shallow subsurface to the core. Be sure to ask about everything seismologists do – from probing the Earth for fuel sources to studying earthquake hazards.

Hands-on Earthquake Education: Physical Analog Models from the UCLA MEDL-CMC
UCLA’s Modeling and Educational Demonstrations Laboratory Curriculum Materials Center (MEDL-CMC) provides a wide range of earthquake related hands-on physical analog models for UCLA science courses. Come explore these models, and learn about why/how earthquakes happen and how they affect society.