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Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition

kit #442

Student groups use a specially engineered Lab-Aids© river model to investigate the dynamics of erosion and deposition of sediments. Students observe, describe, and interpret the erosional and depositional patterns created when "rain" falls over a non-level sand surface.

Common features created and described include:
• stream channels
• canyons
• meanders
• sand bars
• deltas

They consider the role of gravity and the destructive and constructive nature of flowing water.

Accommodates two classes, each with 6 groups of four students.


  • Gravity transports water and earth materials over Earth's surface where it collects in rivers, lakes, and oceans
  • Landforms are the result of a combination of destructive forces (such as erosion) and constructive forces (such as deposition) of sediments

Content List in Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition is as follows:

Quantity Description
6 Lab-Aids® Three-piece Mini Stream Tables (stream bed, stand, catch basin)
6 Lab-Aids® Rainmakers
6 30-mL Graduated cups
6 Plastic spoons
6 9-oz Plastic cups
2 400 CC bottles of Lab-Aids® Stream Sand
1 SDS (Safety Data Sheet) packet
28 Student Worksheets
1 Teacher Guide
1 SDS packet
Number of students
Number of groups
Maximum 6 groups per period

To complete this kit requires one ~50-minute class period.

Title Item # Price Quantity
Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition 442 $188.70
ADD A GROUP for Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition 442EL $39.95
Stream Sand Mixture, 400 cc 442-B01E $19.95