Explore how carbon moves through the environment by analyzing soil samples from different areas of the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire. Use the same techniques performed at soil labs to identify if the soil was intensely burned, moderately, burned, or unburned and where does the carbon in it goes!

Big Concepts include: 1) soil components; 2) black carbon; 3) fire intensities; 4) carbon cycle; 5) feedback loop.

Scientific Inquiry Skills include:  1) use of microscope and digital balance; 2) soil sample preparation; 3) identification of components and visual estimation; 4) data collection and interpretation and 5) use of science notebooks.

Soils of Fire STEM Kit Resources

CSU Resources

Other Useful Resources

Borrowing STEM Kits

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Drawing of a microscope