This lab based course uses the inquiry approach to study the earth's composition, geologic history, and to model the natural processes that shape our world. Focus will also include explaining atmospheric circulation, observing, measuring, and recording changes in weather conditions, and describing large scale and local weather systems. The uses and importance of water and its movement through the environment, the structure of the solar system and dynamics of the universe will also be addressed. Given alternative explanations and models, students will identify strengths and weaknesses in each. Students will collect, evaluate, and analyze data from lab work as well as from the various media sources.