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Grades 6-8

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Activity

Exploring Density

Why do some materials sink to the core of a planet while others float to the crust? This experiment uses marshmallow fluff and molasses to illustrate the concept of planet differentiation.

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Activity

Launching and Recovering Meteorites

Throwing water balloons on school grounds in the name of science? Absolutely, if you do it safely, and apply what you learn to the science of finding and recovering meteorites.

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Story

Up Close With a Zapotec Urn

It's not easy being an artifact! There's restoration work, touring schedules, and all those people to educate. Uncover a civilization that flourished long before the Aztecs in this urn-est interview.

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Game

Tools of the Trade

How do you find a place that's been lost for more than 300 years? Take up this challenge, and learn what it took for archaeologists to locate a lost mission on a 14,000-acre island near Georgia. 

Inca-Investigation

Activity

Inca Investigation

It's your turn to do archaeology! As you investigate what daily life was like in the Inca empire, you have the chance to collect Inca chronicles. Do you have what it takes to collect all six?

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Hands-on Activity

If Trash Could Talk

One person's trash is another person's clue. It's amazing how much you can learn about people just by examining what they throw out. Grab a thick pair of rubber gloves, and dig in! 

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Hands-on Activity

Create Your Own Time Capsule

In the future, if archaeologists were to dig up artifacts from your life, what would they find? What would these objects tell them about how you lived? Build your own time capsule, and send a tailored message to future generations.

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Activity

Map Your World

Have you ever gotten lost in a new place? Chances are you used a map to find your way. Archaeologists use maps to find their way around an excavation site—but first they have to draw them.

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