Starting cost per student: $10
Max. Capacity: 60
Transportation Needed? Yes
Who Arranges Transportation? School
Is Financial Assistance Offered? Yes
By scooping distinct types of soil into two buckets, students will examine what comprises soil as well as the types of plants that grow in different soil types. Guides will demonstrate coastal soil vs. soil found farther inland. Students sort and compare various soil samples and record their findings. Sample soil components include both organic matter (leaf and plant debris, animal waste, insect remains, and humus) and inorganic materials (rock, sand, and silt).
(Optional Extension for 6th-12th grade students: “What Makes Soil ‘Good’?” A mathematically-driven lab where student computation and graphing of data on a ternary diagram allows students to visualize how soil is determined to be “good” for supporting plant growth.)
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