SNAPs Lab Stations require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers. This laboratory is offered in a digital format to facilitate distance learning and support digital classrooms:.
Activity: Radioactive Dating
Radioactive Dating Game | Earth science lessons, Earth and space science, Life science activities
The five categories included in the peer review process are. This is a simulation of radioactive decay which illustrates what a half-life is and explains some of the challenges involved with radiometric dating. This simulation is intended to help students use what they already know elementary probability to the concept of radioactive decay and how it can be used to determine the absolute age of an igneous rock. Roughly half of them will fall with the blank side up, just as half of the radioactive atoms decay into another element during a half-life. The students will pool their data, examine the effect of sample size, and assess how many half-lives it takes to run out of countable undecayed atoms. The class has a debriefing after finishing the worksheet. Each group of students presents its answer to one or two of the discussion questions.
Radioactive Dating: Looking at Half-Lives Using M&Ms
Larger-than-life concepts such as prehistoric time, half-life properties and decay functions can be wrestled down to understandable portions using lesson plans provided by educational and state agencies for free online. Engaging middle school students in hands-on activities makes learning fun, increasing retention rates and the ability to integrate radiometric dating concepts with larger scientific and mathematical concepts later on. The University of Colorado hosts an interactive Radioactive Dating Game that teaches students about carbon and other radiometric dating types, as well as half-life and decay functions. Students must match the age of items with the percentage of dating elements remaining to win the game.