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ROMKids Show: The One About Rising Sea Levels

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Tune in every Tuesday at 2 pm on Instagram Live @ROMtoronto as ROM Kids Coordinator and Camp Director Kiron Mukherjee combines his passion for children’s education with storytelling to bring to life science, history and art for you and your loved ones in the comfort of your own home. Kiron will share activities, easy at-home crafts, behind the scenes anecdotes and fun facts—all connected to the ROM collections.

This time on the ROMKids Show we learn about how rising temperatures are impacting our world. Today Indigenous Digital Learning Support Staff Kaya Joan joins us to talk about the causes behind climate change, how rising sea levels are threatening coastal communities around the globe, and what we can do to push back against this climate crisis. Then we’ll run our own rising sea levels experiment using household materials.

MATERIALS: 

  • building materials
  • dish
  • ice
Step 1.

1. Make a city out of a material you’re ok to get wet. Maybe blocks, or Lego. I used plasticine! Build your city in a dish or tub that is just a bit bigger than your city.

Step 2.

2. Place a few containers worth of ice next to your city. Put your container somewhere the ice can melt safely. What do you think will happen?

Step 3.

3. The ice represents the melting ice sheets in polar regions of the globe that are melting due to rising temperatures. The city you made represents coastal communities around the world that are threatened by rising sea levels. As your ice melts, it gets closer and closer to your city, ultimately flooding areas closest to your ice.

Get to Know Kiron

As the ROMKids Coordinator & Camp Director, Kiron is the public face of the Royal Ontario Museum’s family and children’s programs. Kiron started volunteering at the ROM at age 14 and has never looked back. Though he majored in history at York University, Kiron also considers his early years as a ROMKids camper to be a highly formative part of his education. Now, he strives to provide engaging and educational kids’ programming so that future generations can look back on their ROM experiences as fondly as he has. 

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Authored by: Kait Sykes

Authored by: Kait Sykes