Teaching overview

Learning points

  • An asteroid crashed into Earth over 66 million years ago.
  • Scientists think the asteroid impact caused a mass extinction on Earth.
  • It is believed that this asteroid impact killed 75% of species, including dinosaurs.

Curriculum keywords

  • Rocks
  • STEM

Read the story

Earlier this year, scientists successfully drilled into a giant crater made by the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. Researchers are now studying the rock samples that were taken during the 2-month drilling project, looking for clues about life on Earth 66 million years ago.

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Spark a discussion

  • Where is the Chicxulub Crater located?
  • How do scientists think the crater formed?
  • Why did scientists drill into the crater, and what did they hope to accomplish?

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