Earth Science Projects

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

The Earth is a fascinating planet, and contains a ton of material to research for projects. This article will look at a few ideas to get your mind rolling and help you create a project for yourself.

Cooking an Egg Outdoors

You might have heard someone complain about the heat and say that the pavement is 'hot enough to fry an egg.' As it turns out, they can be right! With two frying pans and three eggs, try cooking one on the ground, another in one pan, and the third egg in a pan covered by a thick sheet of glass. Record what happens to each of them, and you can even perform this at school for an entertaining version of a cooking show.

Form a Rock Collection

While you are outside and exploring, pick up any rocks that you find along the way. Write down where you found them and take note of their shape. The test you can perform employs the Mohs Hardness Scale, and you can use each rock to scratch another and see if it makes a mark. Any rock harder than another will leave scratches, and the weaker rock will not harm the tougher one.

Forming Soil Layers

If you want to get your hands dirty, try out this idea. Dig a hole in your yard and put the first scoop inside a jar, then make the hole in the ground a bit deeper with a few more scoops. Set those scoops to the side, and add another two scoops to the jar from the deeper hole. Now you can add a layer of sand and a small layer of gravel or pebbles to the jar. Fill it to the top with water and seal the jar for a full day after swishing the water a bit to mix everything. After twenty-four hours, unscrew the lid, and the results inside the jar will fascinate you.

Making Fossils

This is easier than it sounds. Get your hands on some Plaster of Paris and some modeling clay, and use an empty can or bowl that is about a foot deep. Fill it with the clay, and take some kind of plastic object, leaving a solid imprint in the clay. Now, you can fill the imprint with the Plaster of Paris. After a full day, you'll have a fossilized version of your object. The possibilities are endless!

Earth Science Resources

If you're interested in strengthening your Earth science knowledge and possibly getting some more ideas for projects, check out this Earth Science course from In this course are short, fun video lessons that have accompanying transcripts. To test your knowledge of the Earth science material covered, you can take lesson quizzes, chapter exams and a final course exam.

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