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Thursday, June 6 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Science Lock Box Activities

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Have some fun in this interactive session while learning how to integrate math and earth science concepts with the periodic table. After participants crash-land on an alien planet, they must make their way through a series of puzzles to correctly identify the fuel source (mystery element) needed by their ship to transport them back home to Earth. This breakout activity begins with a puzzle related to atomic numbers. Each puzzle along the way will lead participants to come up with combinations to locked boxes that reveal new activities including rock identification and a periodic table scavenger hunt. The final activity utilizes prism glasses and a poster of emission spectra to identify the correct fuel source. There is an option to incorporate Google Forms so that student groups can receive launch codes that reveal a hidden message. Tips and tricks related to developing breakout activities for the classroom will be included, along with anecdotal information from our experiences using this activity in the middle school classroom.

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Sarah Nern

Chemistry Outreach, Purdue University
Sarah Nern is a science and mathematics teacher with fourteen years of classroom teaching experience. She began teaching at North Vermillion High School in Cayuga, Indiana before moving to Seeger High School is West Lebanon, Indiana where she taught chemistry, middle school science... Read More →

Steven Smith

Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science Outreach, Purdue University
Steven Smith is the K-12 Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. He has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a masters in Science Education, both from Purdue University. Steven has worked with the College... Read More →

Thursday June 6, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm EDT
Room 119