MSU Science Zone
The following are short one page worksheets that ask a question, provide a basic answer to the question, and offer a short activity related to the topic. They can be used in any classroom, museum, summer camp, or even at home.
All Science Zones are available in a downloadable PDF.
Is Mount Everest really the world's tallest mountain? The answer may change depending upon how you measure. Debate what the answer is, then see what landmarks your home town is higher than.
Discover the potentially dangerous things that can happen when humans go to high altitudes. Compare how fast you can walk a mile to how fast a person might climb the final mile on Mount Everest to the summit. Examine what the closest extreme altitude area to your home town is.
Learn how people often confuse climate and weather, and what variables can impact climate. Research climate zones in your region and describe them.
Find out what an ice sheet is and how many of them are on Earth. Analyze a cross section of an ice sheet and answer some questions about it.
Discover what glaciers are and why they are so important to so many people. Make your own glacier and see what kind of clues they leave behind.
Find out some tricks that organisms use to live in ice and learn why NASA is interested in this question. Try your own experiment to see why it is so hard for things to live in ice.
We use math everyday but it is hard to describe what it is. Learn why it is so important then try a basic activity designed for children who are still developing basic mathematical reasoning.
Go over the definitions for science and hypotheses. Next sharpen a skill that scientists need and test your ability to tell the difference between facts and opinions.
Review the differences between rocks and minerals and learn about the three basic types of rock. Find out what geologists do, then go outside and practice being a rock detective yourself.
Find out the difference between an endangered and threatened species. See if you can match which tracks and interesting facts belong to which species.
Find out what GPS is and how the Everest Education Expedition team will be using of GPS to do scientific research on Mount Everest.