Sun & Atmosphere
Demonstrations and Lessons from SEE staff

Sun & Atmosphere

The theme for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
is climate action.  We have two activities  in this lesson to help us better understand the greenhouse effect.  Please share the actions you take to help our
planet with us on social media.  

Materials to make a prism
Cardboard (18 to 24 inches if available)
1 piece white paper
a drinking glass
water
sunlight
pencil to poke a hole

Materials to make atmospheric molecule models
spaghetti (or toothpicks)
mini-marshmallows ( or play dough, clay or gumdrops)
recycled plastic (adult assistance to cut)
tape, scissors, a ruler, a toothpick


These activities are adapted from http://climatechangeeducation.org/
an organization the SEE science center is working with to bring activities to
our community just as they do for hundreds of thousands of 
people at their events in Berkley California and
Washington DC.. 

Visit the official Earth Day site for ideas and actions to make Earth day every
day.   https://www.earthday.org/

Investigate infrared light further with this video from NASA
Jet Propulsion laboratory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCD6fAHc97c