Geothermal  Activities
Here are a few activities to help your students get a better idea how to help conserve energy.

These sites will give you directions you might wish to modify to fit your class level and locality.

For your information!!! A quick look at these sites will give you information useful for dealing with questions from your class and to plan class involvement activities dealing with various energy sources.

Watch how heat circulates water

Place a clear heat resistant container (must be rated to be used on a stove top) ¾ full of cold water on a stove heating element. Drop a few grains of black pepper into the water and wait until movement has stopped in the container. Turn the burner on to medium high and watch the pepper grains move. Have your students draw a diagram of the movement.
Are you able to see how the heated water from the bottom of the container moves? Does the hot water sink or rise in the container?

A neat hot water trick!!
     Amazing water trick

Mud pots

If you have access, it would be good to visit Yellowstone via computer to show your students what mud pots look like. Remember their idea might be a pot in the kitchen with mud cooking and bubbling. Visit the National Park Service site about mud pots


If you have a water pot with a whistle this is a good way to show the power of steam. Put some water in the pot and us the stove to bring the water to a boil. As the steam comes out of the spout it will activate the whistle.
For your information

Steam Links
     Energy basics
     Geothermal in Iceland
     What is Geothermal?
     Geothermal Facts

Kids don’t automatically understand about how heat is transferred in the process described above. You might help your students understand by pointing out various heat transfer situations in your classroom. Remember that heat flows from higher temperatures to lower temperatures.
It is easy to equate heat with the increased activity of atoms and molecules. This is not so easy for young students to grasp.