The Explosive Truth About Volcanoes

Grade 6-12

No matter where you live or where you have traveled to, there is a good chance that you have encountered a volcano or the material it has left behind! In this course, we will explore how volcanoes are created, the different types that are found both above land and under the ocean and the role it has on shaping the Earth's surface. This introduction to volcanology and geology will leave you looking at the surface of the Earth with a different perspective.

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Instructor: Sadia M.

Hi! I’m Sadia and I am currently studying Bio-Mechanical Engineering at NYU and a recent graduate of Stuyvesant High School. I have been a tutor for over 4 years now. I enjoy guiding students through problems allowing them to achieve their “lightbulb” moment at their own pace. If I can help a student grow their confidence in any subject, I feel my job is complete.

The Explosive Truth About Volcanoes

Grade 6-12


July 23-August 3, 2020

3 weeks (once per week)

  • Monday @ 3:00 PM
  • Thursday @ 3:00 PM

Eastern Time

45 min sessions

Sadia M.

Course Outline

  1. Lesson 1: Why do volcanoes exist and why do they erupt? (45 min)

    Thu, July 23 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In order to understand why volcanoes exist, we must dive deeper into the Earth and learn about what is happening under the surface. We will explore how plate tectonics play a role in creating magma and bringing it up to the surface for us to see.

  2. Lesson 2: Is there really more than one type of volcano? (45 min)

    Mon, July 27 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In this session we will explore the different types of volcanoes that exist all around the world. Not only will we we learn about their shapes and sizes, we will learn about the types of rocks they produce and are made up of.

  3. Lesson 3: Could you survive a volcanic event? (45 min)

    Thu, July 30 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    In this session we will investigate the dangers associated with volcanoes and the remnants they leave behind. We will look at examples of past volcanic events and learn about how they played a role in shaping the world around us.

  4. Lesson 4: Supervolcanoes and Why Volcanoes are "Cool" (45 min)

    Mon, August 3 @ 3:00 PM

    Eastern Time

    This final session will going to end in a big bang, that bang being supervolcanoes! We will learn about the qualities of supervolcanoes and why they are different from other volcanoes. We will also look at reasons why volcanoes and volcanic events are important for the Earth and humans.

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