This professor makes mini-volcanoes with real lava

Artist Bob Wysocki plays around with homemade lava to create cool experiments that mesh sculpture and geology. Here, he makes a mini shield volcano.

Here's a class with a great title:

As part of the honors course "The Art and Science of Lava" the attempt was made to form a shield volcano – Mauna Loa, Kilauea, etc. – by pouring in a "J" shape tube with the lava slowly emerging upward, overflowing, pooling, growing outward, etc. This was the fourth attempt, a success in terms of uniformity and effusion rate.

Bonus video: an explainer with geologist Jeff Carson and others on Bob's famed Lava Meets Ice experiment:

Shield Volcano (Vimeo / robert wysocki)