Rock Cycle Geology STEM Class

by  Long Island Science Center

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Students explore the amazing geological phenomena of the rock cycle. Participants hypothesize and view experiments examining the effects of erosion and weather and then make their own mini volcano. The role of earthquakes and plate tectonics in shaping the earth is also discussed. The materials for the project will be mailed to you based on the number of students indicated in your reservation. All classes can be conducted in both English and Spanish.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $225.00

This program includes a mailed project materials kit, please allow time for standard mail delivery. Additional session booked for the same calendar day are discounted to $195. An amended version of this program without the in-class experiment and project is available for $150 per 30-45 minute session. Any booking of the program for the 2020-2021 school year done before September 30, 2020 will receive a 10% discount.


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
ZoomWe can use the organizations platform of choice

Booking Information

Programs are available from 8am-7pm EST

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks out from your reserved date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks out are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Date rescheduling may be done up to 2 weeks before your reserved date. Rescheduling done less than 2 weeks before your date will be subject to a 10% rescheduling fee.

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Long Island Science Center

Riverhead, NY
United States

Today's students - tomorrow's innovators! The Long Island Science Center is a 501(c)3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)  Learning Museum with a mission to prepare young people for the challenges of a 21st century economy built on advanced technology and innovation. We have provided STEAM based programs to students in schools and libraries in the New York Area since 1995. Our programs have been delivered to more than 350,000 students.

We ignite curiosity, fuel creativity and unlock the passion for problem-solving and discovery with hands-on STEAM curricula, programs, and interactive experiences designed to cultivate future leaders and engaged citizens.

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Program Details


1. The educator will engage the students in what geology is.
2. They will then discuss how rocks are formed and show samples.
3. Next there will be a discussion of processes that change the earth suddenly and unexpectedly.
4. The educator will demonstrate the flow of sediment with a stream table.
5. Next the educator will lead the students through constructing their mini volcanes and gem cards.
6. If time allows, we will take questions.


Students will:
- explore the processes that from the ever changing Earth landscape
- compare the different types of rock and understand how they are formed
- develop an understanding of how erosion, volcanoes, weather, earthquakes, and plate tectonics affect earth topography
- explore the movement of and settling of sediment in a running stream of water

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS1C 3-5 -- The history of planet Earth
ESS1C 6-8 -- The history of planet Earth
ESS1C K-2 -- The history of planet Earth
ESS2A 3-5 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2A 6-8 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2A K-2 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2B 6-8 -- Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
ESS2C 6-8 -- The roles of water in Earth's surface processes

State Standards

New York State
NGSS Learning Standards