Earth Science

In our science course, students will investigate the world around them through hands-on learning activities. Daily STEM experiments will challenge students to think critically, make predictions, and problem-solve as they explore Earth Science-related topics. This fun and engaging course will help students draw connections to their daily lives while collaborating with classmates and engaging in meaningful conversations about their observations. Students will be so excited to reenact or discuss these easy experiments at home while reviewing their science journals! 

Term 1: Land Formations and Maps

Our planet is a beautiful place! From the tallest mountains to the deepest valleys, let’s take a closer look at the incredible world around us! In this Earth science study students will learn about the different types of land formations found on earth, and how they impact our communities and landscapes. Students will design their own island and draw a map to guide others through its important landforms.

Activity Examples:
・Learning about landforms.
・Mapping a mountain.
・Designing islands.
・Making a map of our own island.

Term 2: Earth Plates and their Movement

Have you ever felt an earthquake? Have you ever wondered what caused the earth to shake? This week we will study the earth layers, plate tectonics and their movements and how earthquakes are formed! Through hands-on learning experiences students will learn about how shifting plates underneath the earth surface can impact life above ground.

Activity Examples:
・Using sponge to learn about faults and folds
・Making our own mountains
・Learning tectonic plate movements through daily objects
・Making a jelly earthquake

Term 3: Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones

Have you ever wondered why rocks come in different shapes or sizes? Or found a rock that shines and shimmers when you hold it up to the sun? Rocks and minerals are an amazing natural occurrence. While some may seem plain, others can be extraordinarily beautiful! This week students will learn about how rocks, minerals and gemstones are created. Students will have the opportunity to make their own crystals, explore birthstones and learn about fossil formations through hands-on STEM projects.
※Moto-Azabu, Tachikawa, Fukasawa campuses only

Activity Examples:
・Making our original rock with sand and pebbles
・Enjoying excavation kits
・Growing our own crystal geodes
・Make fossil-inspired crafts

Term 4: Fresh Water Sources and the Water Cycle

Did you know that 70 percent of Earth is covered by water? Or that 97 percent of all earth’s water is salt water and unsafe for human consumption? In this unit, students will learn all about Earth’s water sources and the importance of preserving our freshwater resources. Students will engage in daily STEM experiments to learn about the water cycle, water pollution and water preservation through hands-on challenges and group discussions.
※Tachikawa, Fukasawa campuses only

Activity Examples:
・Rain cloud in a jar
・Rain cycle experiments
・Making a rainbow using capillary movement
・Water filter experiments

Applications are open for Global Step Academy’s popular summer camp! This time, our students will enjoy STEM experiments based on Earth Science and create original artworks inspired by famous painters and artists. We will have a variety of learning opportunities and fun activities to suit all interests!