School visits at Dynamic Earth are suspended until further notice, however, we are happy to support your classroom teachings in a variety of ways, including synchronous learning opportunities, as well as online resources and activities.
2021 - 2022 DYNAMIC EARTH SCHOOL PROGRAM
Your class visit to Dynamic Earth includes up to two hands-on school programs.
- Meet the Ozobots
Automation and robotics are at the forefront of new mining techniques. Your students will be introduced to coding and robotics using Ozobots. They will help students trace shapes and designs, and inspire learning through hands-on activities!
- Crater Maker!
1.85 billion years ago, a huge meteorite hit Earth and formed what we know as the Sudbury Impact Structure. Students get hands-on experience with real meteorites and learn how craters are formed. They will also get to explore what meteorites teach us about geology and outer space by creating their own impacts.
Grades 1 to 3
- NEW! Wicked Weather
We know that air and water are needed to live, but they are also key factors in creating the weather we experience every day. Why and how are they constantly flowing and changing? From windstorms to rain clouds, students will explore both water and air cycles and how they work together to create the weather.
- Fresh-Air Fables
Put your students’ imaginations to work! They will create their own mini-ecosystems using soil, miniature rocks and minerals, animals, plants and other resources. As their environment changes, they will craft a unique story about daily life in their habitats. Students consider how human impact and effects from climate change may alter their landscape, and ultimately discover how living things adapt.
- NEW! The Science of Soil
Soil is essential for plant life on Earth, which in turn feeds us, provides shelter for animals, and keeps our air clean. Your students will get their hands dirty while exploring the various colours of soil, its composition, and sorting soil by particle sizes. The end goal: understanding why soil is absolutely necessary for the planet.
Grades 4 to 6
- NEW! The Power of the Sun
Energy from the sun is essential to all living things on this planet—and Canadians have come up with some pretty innovative ways to use its power! Your students can discover the benefits of using the sun’s energy and even how it can help reduce our carbon footprint.
- Shaking It Up!
Things are really going to get shaking when your students become amateur seismologists. They will examine the forces that not only shape our planet, but can also shake it up. They will experiment with the systems and instruments that help locate and measure the force of earthquakes. Hold on tight!
- NEW! Mineral Madness
Solve the mysteries of mineral identification! Minerals are used in our everyday products, from electronics to table salt. Students will learn the characteristics that make these minerals so useful and how to identify our most common minerals.
- NEW! Rock on!
Get ready to rock! This hands-on workshop lets students discover more about rocks, including putting a rock cycle together and learning how rocks are used in our everyday lives, from industry to art. Focusing on a common rock type, students will use their knowledge and creativity to produce their own piece of rock art.
- Brilliant Diamonds
There is nothing on Earth like a diamond—it is both a dazzling, prized stone and the hardest natural material on the planet. Students will learn why diamonds are so valuable, how they are mined, and the processes that have shaped them.
Grades 7 to 8
- Mining Design
What do you need to make a mine successful? Well, to begin, you need a way to get machinery and people up and down through the mine! Students will explore various types of hoists and learn how they have evolved through time from early mine to present time. The second most important thing is clear communication. Students will experience how workers communicate with each other when they are metres upon metres underground.
- NEW! Beat the Heat
Heat is an essential part of Earth's processes. How is Earth's heat created and transmitted? Why does it get hotter the deeper we go underground? How can we safely dig deeper with all this heat? Students will explore these questions with an engaging hands-on activity and tour our Hydraulic Air Compressor to learn how miners can keep cool underground.
- Fantastic Fluids
We live in a world of water. From our atmosphere, oceans and core, we breathe, drink and use fluids every day. Students will learn how water works within our environments and all about its amazing properties by completing some very cool experiments.
Secondary School Programs
- Sudbury’s Green Story
Celebrate 40 years of regreening Sudbury! In this program, students dive into our city’s story, including its unique geology and how we progressed into a beautiful city. Learn about the meteor impact, the eventual mining influence on the landscape, and the regreening efforts to restore our natural environment. Venture out on Dynamic Earth's property to take in unique sights and geological features (weather permitting).
- Subterranean Math
Mathematics steps out into the real world in this program where students use our DE site as part of a unique workshop to determine unknown lengths, areas, volumes, heights, and other surprises. They will learn techniques to quickly structure a mathematical estimation, judge the plausibility of their answers, and hone their abilities to precisely estimate a given quantity.
- A Career in Mining
Is a mining career in the future for some of your students? The skills required to locate, develop and operate a mine are all very different from each other. That’s why the Mining Sector is associated with a multitude of career options. Each taking on a distinct role, students will work together to manage a mine site and turn it into a successful investment!