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Grades 9-12

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Arsenic and Zinc Distributions in Streams Near Park City, Utah

How safe is the drinking water in your town? This 10th-grader from Utah decided to test water samples to find out the answer for himself. Then, he devised a creative way to improve surface water. A 2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Aquarium: An Ecosystem in Miniature

In a 29-gallon fish tank, this ninth-grader from Virginia created a tropical freshwater ecosystem—and then watched how fish that could never meet in nature interacted. A 2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay.

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Classroom Activity, Hands-on Activity

Cartesian Diver

In this hands-on experiment, students create a neutrally buoyant "diver" and then observe the effects of increased water pressure.

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Young Naturalist Awards Essay

Bobwhite Quail Decline in Texas

2003 Young Naturalist Award-winning essay - Why was this 11th-grader from Texas stopping at every mile marker along the road and randomly tossing a hula hoop over his shoulder? To further science, of course! 

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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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Classroom Activity

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.

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Classroom Activity

Shoebox Archaeology

How does one generation stack up to the next? Find out why it’s easier for archaeologists to answer this question when a family settles in one place.

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Classroom Activity

Where Did You Find It?

Context is everything when it comes to identifying and understanding artifacts. Explore how archaeologists use surrounding objects to sort out how an artifact was originally used.

Curriculum Materials

Petra Book List

Want to learn more about archaeology but don't know where to start? Dig in with this list of books, with titles for both kids and adults.

Curriculum Materials

Petra Web List

Explore Petra and learn more about archaeology with this Web list for kids and adults.

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