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Science Buzz at the Museum

Science Buzz is a website and exhibit that you can find on every floor of the museum. Check out the Buzz Kiosks, full time features such as Scientist on the Spot and object of the month, and the Headline Exhibit. The Science Buzz exhibits are always changing.

The museum offers opportunities for you to dig deeper into science headlines, and give you a chance to talk with each other and with scientists about your questions and concerns.

One example is an exhibit on Global Warming that provides essential questions, facts, and graphics that help demonstrate understanding the causes of global warming. Students can work in groups to do the investigations, answer the questions, and share their findings.

You can join the buzz community and share ideas.

Published by Science Museum of the Minnesota in 2004-2006


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Curriculum Areas:Science
Themes/Keywords: Cause and Effect
Environmental Issues
Investigations
Scientific Inquiry


Vocabulary
phosphorus, avian flu, hurricanes, pollution, carbon dioxide, pandemic, influenza


Essential Question(s)
1. What are the biggest issues that impact us?
2. How do we become better informed of the different issues?

Discussion Question(s)
1. Since the exhibits in the museum are changing often, which exhibit are you most interested in?
2. How deep is the ocean?
3. How does the 1918 flu pandemic relate to the current Avian flu concerns?

Extension and Activities
1. Study the Earth's crust by using a drill. Go to the exhibit on Ocean drilling and answer the following questions: What are these scientists looking for? Why are they trying to find this mysterious gabbro? And what is the MOHO anyways? If you have another question about ocean drilling, ask Professor O'Connell.
2. Go to the exhibit on Avian Flu and track the spread of the disease. After reading about the disease, discuss with others if the concerns are real or not.


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