Lab Day at the MIT Museum, 2008

Time: 10 AM -2 PM (including lunch: 12:30 PM-1 PM)

Participants: 35 students (senior level high school), divided in two groups (Concord Carlisle High School and Brooks School formed one group of 18 students, Groton High School formed one group of 17 students)

Topic: EARTHTIME (geochronology, radiometric dating methods for rock layers)

Lab day Schedule:
10:00 AM - 10:20 AM: Presentation by Sam Bowring (introduction to the topic), objectives of the day

10:20 AM - 11:20 AM: Group A: “Theoretical group” (classroom activities on radiometric dating)

11:20 AM - 12: 20 PM: Group B: “hands-on geochronology” (6 stations, exemplary representing different steps of the sample processes for radiometric dating on zircons )

(Note: Group A and B interchanged, so all students did all the activities)

12:20 PM - 1:00 PM: Lunch (during lunch, results were briefly summarized, and Sam Bowring showed a 15minute presentation about the powerful tool of radiometric dating)

1:00 PM -1:40 PM: wrap-up: Q and A with the scientists—including Sam Bowring. Britta Bookhagen, Noah McLean, Jessica Creveling, and Phoebe Cohen

The webcast can be watched here with Real Player©.

Here are some photographs from the labday.


EARTHTIME is supported by the National Science Foundation.