Tuesday, May 25, 2010

How to Build a Terrarium

Audubon Magazine offers in it's latest edition instructions on how to make a terrarium. The instructions come from OLogy an interactive website run by the American Museum of Natural History that teaches children about many different areas of natural science. Teaching children how to build a terrarium allows them to see first hand the earth's greenhouse effect on a small scale. The terrarium will trap heat inside and the internal temperature will warm up as the plants inside grow. This is a good tool to explain climate change as well because it demonstrates the natural process that results in greenhouses gases being trapped and higher global average temperatures. The terrarium can be made with items readily available and the instructions can be found on the Audubon's website or by searching "terrarium" on the OLogy website.

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