Grades 9-12

Seeing the Light

Classroom Activity

Seeing the Light

This simple experiment eases the task of understanding daily and seasonal cycles of day and night. See firsthand why the length of daylight changes along with your location on Earth.

Blindfolded Walk

Classroom Activity

Blindfolded Walk

Without your eyes to guide—and possibly distract—you, what would you notice that you otherwise might not have? Enlist the help of a few friends, and find out.

Site Report

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Site Report

Not sure how to describe your field site? This one-page site report will help you note the important details, from area and average elevation to human-made and natural topography.

Responsible Collecting

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Responsible Collecting

Collecting specimens is necessary for studying and documenting new species—making responsible collecting all the more important. Find out how you can practice it.

Collecting Plants

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Collecting Plants

The New York Botanical Garden has plant specimens that date back to the Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804-1806. What better place to learn how to protect and store your botanical treasures?

Antarctic Weather Stations

Classroom Activity

Antarctic Weather Stations

In Antarctica, scientists often have trouble measuring katabatic winds, which are so strong they can knock down the instruments. Discover for yourself why Antarctica is the windiest place on Earth.

Create a Timeline of Earth

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Create a Timeline of Earth

Did you know Stegosaurus became extinct 66 million years before T. rex walked the Earth? Explore the planet's diverse eras and periods.

Jade Hunter (Science World)

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Jade Hunter (Science World)

Jade has been treasured around the world for thousands of years. Travel to Guatemala with an AMNH curator looking for the source of Olmec jade.

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New York Water Story

Millions of gallons of water flow through New York City’s water system each day. Where does it all come from? And where does it all go? Take an interactive journey to find out.

Calculate Horsepower

Classroom Activity

Calculate Horsepower

Most car enthusiasts can tell you the horsepower of their favorite vehicle. But what does that measurement really mean? And what does it have to do with horses? Find out with this mathematical challenge.

It's Aliiive--Or Is It?

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It's Aliiive--Or Is It?

Scientists have found life everywhere they've looked on Earth—even at the bottom of the ocean, where conditions are extreme. Investigate one deep sea vent's thriving ecosystem.

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Is it Alive?

Despite extreme temperatures and the absence of sunlight, you can find a variety of life on the ocean floor. Take a look at the amazing organisms that thrive in this unlikely environment.

Underwater Plume

Classroom Activity

Underwater Plume

With the help of three friends, you can create your own mini underwater geyser. All you'll need is a soda bottle, a baby food jar, aluminum foil, food coloring, and a few more household supplies.

Profile: Georges Lemaître, Father of the Big Bang

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Profile: Georges Lemaître, Father of the Big Bang

When a Catholic priest—cosmologist first proposed that the universe began as a "primeval atom," it seemed preposterous. Yet, within a few years, his theory had helped revolutionize cosmology.

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