Make a Garden Lampshade
Do you want to know what’s happening under the ground? In just the first few inches or centimeters of soil, there are roots, bugs, and water. In this activity, you can make a garden on a lampshade. When you turn the light on, you can see what’s in the soil.
What you need:
What to do:
Note: If your template is too big for your tissue paper, cut the template into sections. This means you'll have several pieces of tissue paper dirt to add in step 9. But don't worry; it's actually easier to put on a few smaller pieces that one long piece of tissue paper.
Related NASA Missions
Another Way to See Beneath the Soil:
This spacecraft called SMAP is looking at water in the soil. SMAP stands for Soil Moisture Active Passive. It goes around and around Earth and measures how much water there is. It looks at the top 2 inches, or 5 centimeters, of soil. It can even tell if the water is frozen or not.
Read about Sarah: she works on SMAP and helps control the spacecraft.