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Functional morphology in birds: wings and beaks

Contact: Patricia (Trish) Freeman, pfreeman1@unl.edu, 402-464-7002

What is this activity about:

Powerpoint lecture and exhibits

Who sponsors this activity:

Zoo School, LPS

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • General Public
For a bat person, you know a lot about birds.9th or 10th grader

The Great Reservoir Race

Contact: Tonya Bernadt, tbernadt5@unl.edu, 402-472-2712

What is this activity about:

Kids of all ages enjoy this hands-on activity using sponges, plastic cylinders, and lots of water. We give up to four players 15 seconds to see how much water they can squeeze from a sponge into a cylinder. The cylinder is marked with gradations to indicate above-normal, normal and below-normal conditions. We talk about what variation in precipitation means for people, plants and animals.

Who sponsors this activity:

National Drought Mitigation Center

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
The Great Reservoir Race
I wanna make it overflow.visitor to Dinosaurs and Disasters at the Nebraska State Museum

Water Banking

Contact: Tonya Bernadt, tbernadt5@unl.edu, 402-472-2712

What is this activity about:

Water Banking is a classroom activity designed to teach kids about the relationship between precipitation and water availability. The students are tasked with allocating water during a time of regular rainfall and during a time of drought using game boards and beads. This activity teaches students about the challenges of choosing between different water uses during drought. They learn basic drought concepts and how to understand a water budget as a result of the activity. Materials are currently adapted for fourth through sixth graders.

Who sponsors this activity:

National Drought Mitigation Center

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • General Public
  • Families
Water Banking
I never thought about all the ways that I use water and how some things are more important than others.earthwellness festival participant

Weather and Climate in the Classroom

Contact: Ken Dewey, kdewey1@unl.edu, 402-472-2908

What is this activity about:

Simple experiments and hands-on demonstrations of how to encorporate weather and climate in many classroom subjects.

Who sponsors this activity:

School of Natural Resources

What target audiences is this activity most geared towards:

  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • General Public
  • Families
Weather and Climate in the Classroom