Candy Bar Core Drilling
Students will learn how sedimentary layers are formed and how scientists use core samples to determine whether or not the area is good for their particular needs.
Strand/Standard Standard 8.4.1 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence that shows that the uneven distribution of Earth’s mineral, energy, and groundwater resources is caused by geological processes. Examples of uneven distribution of resources could include Utah’s unique geologic history that led to the formation and irregular distribution of natural resources like copper, gold, natural gas, oil shale, silver, and uranium. (ESS3.A)
Lesson Performance Expectations
Students will learn how sedimentary layers are formed by building their own rock. They will learn how scientists test what is underground by using core samples to determine whether or not the area is good for their particular needs, whether it be drilling for energy sources, mining for minerals necessary to our everyday lives, or building homes or other structures. Students will explore the process by “drilling” into candy bars and characterizing the “sample.”. Students will answer questions about their observations and discuss the importance of core drilling and what minerals are found and mined in Utah. Students will then construct a scientific explanation for why resources such as oil are not found everywhere in the state.